Fourth annual Mardi Gras for a Cause this coming Tuesday, February 9
Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday and it’s traditionally a time to celebrate and eat well before the season of Lent.
Although celebrated throughout the world, most people in the United States associate the event with the City of New Orleans.
But next Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Village of Warwick will play host to its fourth annual Mardi Gras for a Cause.
Although there will be bangles, beads and prizes, the lavish costumes and parades may not be part of this event. But it will be a fun celebration nonetheless.
And once again, the Warwick Mardi Gras will be a fund raiser for Back Pack Snack Attack.
The non-profit organization provides nutritional snacks to almost 300 needy school children each week of the school year. The program is run entirely by a group of volunteers and supported by donations and fund-raising.
Back Pack Snack Attack has no overhead and 100 percent of the donated money goes to food and backpacks for the children.
Four years ago, Mardi Gras for a Cause was dreamed up by a group of local musicians from Warwick who wanted to be able to celebrate the arts and the community.
The successful event was designed to provide a unique and memorable opportunity for people of all ages to come together and enjoy local live music along with food and drink specials while giving back to the community.
The restaurants make a donation to Backpack Snack Attack but they are not tied to how much they earn that night.
Each restaurant will host musicians who will play for free beginning at 7 p.m. Food and drink specials begin at 6 p.m.
“We are bringing the Rio and New Orleans Fat Tuesday Celebration to the Village of Warwick,” said Shirley Puett, director of Back Pack Snack Attack. “Everyone is invited and guests are encouraged to visit several locations during the evening.”
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