This is one of the most popular annual festivals in St Marys. Everyone comes downtown to view the Mardi Gras parade and catch beads. The Mardi Gras Festival is held annually the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. The festival is scheduled to take place on February 18, 2012.
This festival has all the carnival-like revelry of New Orleans but without the overcrowding.
Mardi Gras is known for fun and festivities. Mardi Gras traditionally takes place before the fasting season of Lent, its origins go all the way back to the ancient Rome. Many cities continue the tradition today, for example Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, and maybe the most famous celebration of them all takes place in Rio de Janeiro.
But did you know that in St Marys, Mardi Gras has a long tradition, in 2012 it will be the 18th year for the annual festival.
A 10 a.m. parade will kick off the festival and the parade is followed by an action-packed day of entertainment, arts and crafts, an antique and customized car show, a kid’s carnival and formal costume ball where a new Mardi Gras King and Queen are chosen and prizes are awarded for best costumes.
For more information on the Mardi Gras Festival contact 912.882.7350 or 912.552.0072.