Aberdeen brings NOLA north with Mardi Gras celebration

ABERDEEN – New Orleans may be 300 miles away, but Aberdeen’s 175th birthday committee is bringing that flair downtown on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, with its Mardi Gras on Main celebration beginning at 4 p.m. downtown.
“To give everybody a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras is a good way to lead into Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by providing another opportunity for the community to come together,” said Aberdeen Visitor Bureau director Tina Robbins.
Mardi Gras on Main compliments a red beans and rice fund-raiser at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 5 until 7 p.m. where plates are available for $5.
The Mardi Gras celebration features a list of events including live music, beignets and coffee at Le Roux, sweet treats at Kimmel Bakery and free beads, all leading up to a free screening of “The Princess and the Frog” at 6 p.m. at the Elkin Theatre.
“The Princess and the Frog,” rated G, is an animated Disney movie set in 1920’s New Orleans about a waitress who dreams of owning her own restaurant and her misfortune of turning into a frog after kissing a prince who was turned into a frog by a witch doctor. The movie shows her struggles in returning back to being a human.
While the movie is free, all concessions sold will go to benefit the Elkin Theatre.
“It’s an all-together family-friendly event that brings the flavor of New Orleans and Mardi Gras to Aberdeen. We wanted to try to fuse together a lot of the elements of Mardi Gras and give people who have never experience a chance to enjoy it here at home,” Robbins said.

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