The annual Mardi Gras Parade in Havre de Grace will be this Tuesday evening, March 4, and there's plenty of other great Fat Tuesday fun going on around town leading up to the big night, as the city embraces French culture with a grand week of celebration.
Havre de Grace Restaurant Week began earlier this week and also runs until March 4, with more than 35 organizations creating new delicacies to rival the French Quarter in New Orleans. Specials will grace the menus of Bayou, Coakley's Pub, Laurrapin Grille, Macgregor's Restaurant, Tidewater Grille, and the Vandiver Inn.
In the spirit of authentic New Orleans style, Bulle Rock Residents are partnering with the Havre de Grace Opera House Foundation to put on the first MasquerAid Ball this Saturday, March 1, at the Vandiver Inn from 6-10 p.m.
All proceeds from the ball will benefit the renovation of the Opera House. Tickets can be purchased at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., or online at http://www.operahousefoundation.org.
This Monday, March 3, the Vandiver Inn will be a holding Mardi Gras themed Fat Monday Supper Club, where visitors enjoy Lily's Famous Gumbo, Spicy Shrimp, Cheesy Grits, Potato Salad, and Bananas Foster. More information at http://www.vandiverinn.com.
Havre de Grace United Methodist Church on Congress Avenue will be hosting a traditional Shrove (Fat) Tuesday dinner prior to the parade from 5–7 p.m.
The 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will once again feature floats, beads and music, and visitors are invited to watch, or march. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and follows Bourbon Street to Washington Street, ending at the American Legion on St. John Street.
Beads will be tossed, masks will be worn and costumes will be worn as dozens of people take to the streets to celebrate Fat Tuesday Havre de Grace-style. Parade Floats will be constructed by local businesses and artisans.
Post-procession parties will be held at various restaurants and bars around town where party goers can kick or top off the night with many specials, music and more.
Maryland's best Mardi Gras Parade is sponsored by the City of Havre de Grace and Havre de Grace Recreation Committee.
"It is amazing to see time and creativity that is put into the floats. They get better each year with many surprises for all to enjoy," said Brigitte Peters, marketing and tourism manager for the city.
of Havre de Grace. Post-procession parties will be held at various restaurants and bars around town where party goers can kick off the night with many specials, music, and more.
For more information on Mardi Gras and Restaurant Week in Havre de Grace or to book lodging, visit http://www.hdgtourism.com or call 1-800-851-7756.