Mardi party

Olivia Barineau

Olivia Barineau set the dancing standard at the parade.

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

Last weekend’s mardi gras festivities, from dancing down Commerce Street to rocking out at the Armory, were good fun and a big help to Habitat for Humanity.

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, a parade unit of dogs and their people, led off the Apalachicola Mardi Gras parade as a long queue of marchers weaved their way through downtown, led by Pam Nobles in firefighter gear and trailed by pull wagons, push strollers, and golf cart brightly decorated.

Afterwards the party continues at Riverfront Park with live music, dancing, Cajun food, and other festivities,

Organizer Carolina Ilardi said the day’s events raised about $2,000, and that she saw a large number of visitors from out-of-town who had come down to indulge their party spirit.

The fundraising strength continued Saturday at the Armory, with upwards of another $15,000 coming in, all earmarked to help in the county chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s effort to complete its fourth house, and start a fifth house.

“We are just encouraged, the fundraising was up,” said Don Ashley, who worked closely with his wife Pam, to organize the banquet.

Beads were thrown from the balconies, food and beverages abounded, and the reign of King and Queen Mason and Marilyn Bean gave way to the crowning of the new one, Ken and Kim Fish.

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