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young boy in aligator costume 3 women in feathered masks musician Leroy Thomas playing the accordian

VSA arts Rhode Island
raises funds each February at their
Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball

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Mardi Gras is an annual celebration that takes place each February in Louisiana for a two and a half week period ending with Fat Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. All across Louisiana, Mardi Gras traditions are celebrated differently depending on one's location and background.

couple in traditional cajun costumesIn New Orleans, Mardi Gras Krewes (social clubs) host lavish costume balls and grand parades with massive floats. In Cajun country, bands of costumed revelers ride horseback through the countryside gathering chickens and other ingredients for a community gumbo to be served at the Mardi Gras fais-do-do and Zydeco clubs during an evening of eating, drinking and dancing.couple costumed as vikings

Here in Rhode Island, our Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball held in collaboration with Lagniappe Productions brings together a sampling of these traditions for a costumed evening of Cajun & Creole music, dance and food that also benefits VSA arts of Rhode Island. Each year people come dressed in every style imaginable, attending in full costume or formal wear and masks, and prizes are awarded to the best costumes in a variety of categories.

musician tommy robinson playing the rub boardFor over 12 years this event, held at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston, has featured many of Louisiana's best bands including Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas and Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners.

So come share in the joie de vivre....we encourage everyone to get into the Mardi Gras spirit and "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll!) For more details go to: www.mardigrasri.com

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