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HdG geared up for Mardi Gras parade, Fat Tuesday

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Can it be March already, dear readers?

Laissez les bons temps roulez!

Brigitte Peters, at the Office of Tourism, and I are making the parade list for the March 4 Mardi Gras parade at 6:30 p.m. down Bourbon Street from the high school, to Washington Street into downtown, ending on St. John Street at Legion Square and David Craig Park at Lafayette's Statue. Laissez les bons temps roulez. Grab some beads or doubloons! The party continues at downtown restaurants and taverns. Thirty-one Krewes have already signed to participate. If your group (Krewe) is interested in joining the parade, please contact Brigitte, 410-939-2100, or me, at the phone listed here.

Entitled Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, the holiday is celebrated in many parts of the world. Known as Fasting, Fastacht or Karneval, along the Rhine, in Bavaria and Austria, schools, banks and most businesses will be closed. Parades, costumes, dances and merry-making take over, led by the Fasching sprinz or Prince Carnival. Other cities with flamboyant festivities include New Orleans and Mobile, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Italy, and Havre de Grace. Customs include wearing beads, donning elaborate masks and costumes, attending balls and parades and feasting and frolicking far into the night.

Before and after the parade, join us in Havre de Grace at Tidewater Grille, Coakley's Pub, Laurrapin Grille, MacGregor's and Silks Restaurant at Bulle Rock. All have floats and units in the parade. A king and queen of Mardi Gras chosen at the Havre de Grace Masquer Aid Ball for the Opera House on Saturday, March 1 will open the parade. Line the streets to observe the fun and catch some beads or doubloons!

The Masquer Aid Ball, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Vandiver Inn, will benefit the Opera House Foundation. A costumed event with music and dancing, auction and local food; tickets are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100.

Ash Wednesday follows Mardi Gras on March 5 with the commencement of Lent.

For March will the old adage of lions and lambs ring true? Will we be in like a lion and out like a lamb, or in like a lamb and out like the lion? One never knows. Will March be traditionally windy? Hold onto your hat and we shall see. Whoosh!

March is Women's History Month and American Red Cross Month. Clara Barton would be pleased!

March is Read Across America Month. Check out a book from our local public library, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700.

Happy March birthdays Frank Russo (March 1) and Carol Nemeth of the Spencer-Silver Mansion Bed and Breakfast (March 2) and Leo St. Amour (March 5).

Volunteers at Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107, will provide a free, hot luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, to anyone in need who enters their doors.

It's not too early to collect those items for the community wide yard sale, April 26 (raindate April 27). Contact me for details, 410-939-6562. Note: businesses downtown, how about a sidewalk sale?

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars/15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20. March 3 is National Anthem Day – celebrate the "Star Spangled Banner!"

Every March 1, Welsh ancestry worldwide celebrates St. David's Day by wearing leeks to honor the patron saint of Wales and to remember the ancestors' victory over the Saxons during a battle of the 6th century. St. David advised his countrymen to wear leeks in their caps to recognize each other during the heat of battle; it obviously worked.

The Welsh claim discovery of North America by Prince Madoc ap Owain Gwynedd in 1170 AD. Many Welsh have immigrated here with more than 40 Welsh or St. David's societies in the USA and affiliations to the National Welsh American Foundation in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.

Happy St. David's Day to my Welsh readers! Wear a leek or daffodil to celebrate.

Thank you to the unknown neighbor who cleared my walks along Union Avenue from 10 inches of snow Feb. 13, from Chiaparrelli's Restaurant to Seneca Mansion. I truly was grateful.

A sad goodbye to Boy Scout Troop 967 chartered in 1961 by the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church. With dwindling membership, the charter expired Dec. 31, 2013.

Mark your calendars, March 9 is daylight savings time. Set your clocks forward one hour, or you will be like the white rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" – you will be late for a very important date.

Happy Girl's Day, March 3. This is a very traditional day of honoring daughters in Japan. If you are fortunate enough to have a loving daughter, why not extend the celebration from Tokyo.

The Good Shepherd Catholic School will sponsor a spring gala at the Wellwood Restaurant in Charlestown, March 8, 6 to 11 p.m. "Join us for a night to remember" with dinner, open bar, music and dancing, live and silent auctions; with semi-formal attire. For tickets ($80 each) contact Jack Berkeridge, 410-979-6225. All proceeds benefit the school for pre-kindergarten to grade 8, 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville, 410-642-6265, http://www.goodshepherdschool.net.

Jim Dryden and Bethany Baker sold me the first ticket to the Concord Point Lighthouse second St. Patty's Day celebration and fundraiser, Thursday, March 13, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vandiver Inn, Union Avenue, Havre de Grace. A cocktail party with small plates and one drink included in ticket price ($35) including raffles, music, food and door prizes; tickets are available at Concord Point Coffeehouse or 410-939-3213.

Marcy Boyle informed me about the Havre de Grace Lions Club bull, shrimp and oyster roast for Saturday, March 15, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $45 at 443-417-4839. Fast Eddie's will cater the foods; with Bruster's providing free ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Lions charities.

A St. Patrick's Irish Dinner is planned Sunday, March 16, 2 to 5 p.m., at St. Patrick Hall, Pennington Avenue, with Irish music, dancers and a traditional Irish meal. Beer, wine, Irish whiskey and raffles available. Tickets are $18, children 6 to 12 are $9. Ticket deadline is March 2. For tickets, contact Judy Plitt, 410-939-6318.

That's a wrap. Hope you are keeping up with the snow and ice removal. This winter has certainly packet its punch. See ya!

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