The annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with an extended lineup of four bands and an earlier start time of 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston.
One of the only authentic Mardi Gras celebrations in New England, the event will run until midnight and features a costume contest with prizes in a variety of categories including best group, best couple and best individual and a grand cash prize for best overall costume. Featured bands this year include two 2012 Grammy nominees: CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. Also on the lineup is four-time Grammy nominated band The Pine Leaf Boys plus Preston Frank, Ed Poullard & the Big Daddy Zydeco Band. The Hot Tamale Brass Band will also be on hand to lead the costume judging parade and add festive atmosphere to the event.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door and may be purchased at www.mardigrasri.com or in the mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and check made out to Lagniappe Productions, 51 White Oak Ct., Wakefield, RI 02879. A limited number of Tables of 10 are available with advance purchase. For more information, see the website or call 783-3926.
Cajun and Creole food served up by Russell Morin Catering will be available. Like a classic New Orleans bistro, the menu will include Shrimp Etouffe over Rice, Creole Style Chicken & Jambalaya, Caesar Salad with New Orleans Fried Shrimp and Homemade Cornbread, Pecan Bourbon Pie, gourmet coffee and assorted teas. The Rhodes provides a cash bar.