Habitat to roll with Mardi Gras anniversary

Last year’s golf cart parade was a huge hit.

Last year’s golf cart parade was a huge hit.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM.


Ten years of anything is worth noting and better, celebrating along the Forgotten Coast . Apalachicola Mardi Gras, or the resurrection of the event as a primary fundraiser for the Franklin County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2.

A Golf Cart ($20 entry) and Pet Parade ($5 entry) will kick off the weekend on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 starting at the Bowery down Commerce Street to the Courthouse and around Water Street to festivities a Riverfront Park . Food (Lucky dogs, gumbo and more) and drinks (soft, beer and wine) will begin at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Bank parking lot between the Consulate and Cotton Exchange. The Brian Bowen Band will perform from 6:30 until following the parade.

Come catch some beads, show off your decorated carts, parade your pets or just Bon Tiemp Roullez - - Let the Good Times Roll during downtown Apalachicola , Mardi Gras.

The traditional Mardi Gras Ball will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Coombs Armory from 6:30 for dinner (tickets $50 per person) or show only beginning at 7:30 (tickets $25 per person). More than 20 tables for six went fast last year with priority for Mardi Gras Sponsors @ $500 or $1000 (Two tables).

Dress is snazzy to jazzy, which means just about anything interesting with shoes and shirt that generally match. You’ll see some of Apalach decked out from tux to tie, glittering formal wear to shimmery dresses in the traditional gold, purple or greens of Mardi Gras. Masks are optional but encouraged. We’ll provide the beads.

Entertainment will be by the Dirty T-shirt Band, which fits perfectly with the dress code, and the crowd favorite Hot Flashes from Pam Nobles Dance studio. Trumpeteer “Don Juan” Fortner will lead the traditional Saints March for the 10th year and serenade tables with Sinatra to Santana. The Brian Bowen Band will play the dinner set during the Mardi Gras Ball.

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