Aberdeen Breakfast Club celebrates Mardi Gras

ABERDEEN – The sights of green, gold and purple were seen as 26 revelers gathered Feb. 9 at the Shadows to celebrate Mardi Gras. In a tradition started last year by former Louisiana residents David and Emma Howell, the potluck dinner is another function of the Aberdeen Breakfast Club.

COURTESY PHOTO  PURPLE, GOLD AND GREEN – Members of the Aberdeen Breakfast Club recently celebrated Mardi Gras with a meal at The Shadows. The tradition is in its second year and will continue next year with two Mardi Gras parties within the club.

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PURPLE, GOLD AND GREEN – Members of the Aberdeen Breakfast Club recently celebrated Mardi Gras with a meal at The Shadows. The tradition is in its second year and will continue next year with two Mardi Gras parties within the club.

Because they found the baby in the king cake from last year’s party, previous Louisiana residents, Dwayne and Gayle Carlock, played host to the ABC. The couple gave the group of retirees a chance to enjoy traditional Mardi Gras-type cuisine while donning beads and masks.
The tradition will continue next year as the Howells and Marty and Judy Hanson will host separate parties since there were two king cakes at the Carlock’s party.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL ABERDEEN MADRI GRAS - Aberdeen Visitor's Bureau Director Tina Robbins was in full costume for the Aberdeen Madri Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.

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ABERDEEN MADRI GRAS – Aberdeen Visitor’s Bureau Director Tina Robbins was in full costume for the Aberdeen Madri Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL MARDI GRAS BEADS –  Pictured, from left, DeMarquavis and Demarquareus Langston of Aberdeen received Madri Gras beads for Aberdeen's Madri Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, from Earl Connell in Aberdeen.

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MARDI GRAS BEADS – Pictured, from left, DeMarquavis and Demarquareus Langston of Aberdeen received Madri Gras beads for Aberdeen’s Madri Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, from Earl Connell in Aberdeen.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.