Down East Mardi Gras

The Gloucester Mardi Gras has been giving Down East Carteret County the chance to celebrate rural Louisiana traditions. Planned from 11am-6pm on Saturday, Feb. 16, the annual event at the Gloucester Community Center, 476 Pigott Road, includes turkey, red beans and rice, hot gumbo, live music, a parade and loads of family-oriented fun.

Organized annually by Brian and Barbara Blake of the Unknown Tongues Zydeco band, the popular event is free to event – true to the community spirit of Southwest Louisiana. When folks start arriving midday Saturday morning, food preparation is in full swing as giant cauldrons of gumbo simmer on the gas burners set up under tents. A Fool’s Procession announces the feast, with everyone adorned in colorful mismatched attire, raising a ruckus as they march down the road.

Mid-afternoon is when the festival really takes off as the Blakes and Unknown Tongues take to the stage with their mix of country, Zydeco, Cajun and rhythm and blues tunes that always have the dance floor packed with partiers of all ages.

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