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Friday, February 3, 2017

Coming Up... The Mead Rd. Mardi Gras! Saturday Feb 25


From Emily : A few changes this year .
1) We have a longer parade route!  (please see map below)
2) Krewe’s can register online to participate – https://decatureducationfoundation.org/mardigras/
As you know, we’re a walking parade and anyone is welcome to form a Krewe and comemarch with us.  In fact, the more the merrier.  Our only rule is we don’t have cars in or trucks in the parade.  But people can ride bikes, scooters or skateboards.   Or they can organize creative dance teams…  As long as it doesn’t have a motor, it’s good to go!
3) You can also pre-pay for food and beer online at that same link – ttps://decatureducationfoundation.org/mardigras/
4) We will have a kids area with food, games and facepainting at Mead Rd. Park
h/t  Decatur Metro
https://www.facebook.com/MeadRd.MardiGras/timeline
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 Here is some history on the cool event.


A Mardi Gras tradition with a Georgia twist!!"Throw me something, Mister!"

If you think that is something you'll only hear in New Orleans, think again!!

Oakhurst has quietly been establishing its own Mardi Gras tradition for almost 10 years.

It all began in 2005 when our oldest son began kindergarten. That huge moment in Billy's life sounded alarm bells for us, as we realized that for the first time since the 1980's I wouldn't be trekking to New Orleans to celebrate my high holiday.

So in the interest of familial harmony, David suggested starting our own parade for the kids. He built a papier mache float on top of the radio flyer wagon. Billy, his brother Tommy and their friends painted the float.

On that Tuesday, February 8 2005, the kids dressed up in their Halloween best and Dave and I put on our Mardi Gras finest. A few of our neighbors and their kids joined us as we walked up and down our street, throwing beads and loudly singing Fess.

And it ROCKED!

Over the years, our little parade has grown from one wagon/float with a few kids and adults to a multi-wagon/float extravaganza with lots of kids and our own homegrown brass band. Imagine trying to teach a bunch Georgia peaches the Mardi Gras standards without sheet music! We aim high!!!!

And now it's time for us to take our Mardi Gras celebrations to the next level.
This year we're officially launching "Mead Road Mardi Gras". Anyone with a love of carnival, costumes, floats, music, parades, beads, red beans and rice and anything else you can imagine, is invited to come join us!!!

Saturday March 1st, or Samedi Gras, is the date! The parade begins at Harmony park at 3pm. We'll march up Mead Road to the Imperial, at the corner of Mead and East College, for the party. And the party will go on for as long as people are there to celebrate.

Beads will be provided and the Imperial will sell red beans and rice and beer. Proceeds will go to the Decatur Education Foundation to support the band programs at Decatur High School, Renfroe Middle School and the 5th Avenue 4/5 Academy.

For more information or if you would like to donate anything, please contact:
Emily Kean Berg
keanberg.emily91@gmail.com

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