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Havre de Grace to celebrate its heritage with annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday

Havre de Grace will hold its annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Havre de Grace will hold its annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade on Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Courtesy photo/Adam Rybczynski)

Havre de Grace has its own Bourbon Street and will celebrate a New Orleans tradition with its 11th annual Mardi Gras parade on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The parade forms at 6:30 p.m. on Bourbon Street at its intersection with Washington Street and moves through the downtown, ending at Legion Square and the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, celebrating the city’s French connection.

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“Laissez les bons temps roulez!,” Ron Browning, longtime columnist for The Record and owner of La Cle D'or guesthouse wrote in his latest column. For those who don’t speake the language, laissez les bons temps roulez, is French for let the good times roll.

More than 20-plus groups are expected to participate and spectators are invited to catch some beads.

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“Our beads come directly from New Orleans and the Havre de Grace downtown will be festooned and illuminated for the event,” Browning wrote.

For more details, call the Havre de Grace Visitors Center at 410-939-2100.

The Havre de Grace Mardi Gras parade is on Shrove Tuesday and, according to the Explore Havre de Grace website, the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church is hosting a free will offering pancake dinner from 5 to 7 that evening in the church’s social hall in the 400 block of Congress Avenue.

The menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage and beverages. The free will offering will support the summer youth mission trip. The dinner is hosted by the church’s United Methodist Men.

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