Let the good times roll!
The annual Mardi Gras Parade will be on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 5. It will be followed on Saturday, Feb. 9, by the annual Mardi Gras Carnival.
The events are sponsored by the Port Aransas Leisure Society (PALS).
Paraders should don costumes, decorate their pets (that should be kept on leashes), golf carts, bikes, boats, cars or trailers, and line up on Beach Street in the vicinty of The Gaff, just east of Station Street. Line up at 4:30 p.m. and be ready to "march" at 5 p.m.
The parade route will be west on Beach Street to Alister where it will turn north and march to the flats where paraders will disperse. Paraders should bring their own beads and candy to share with spectators along the route.
Parade chairman Janet Calvert promises "lots of new surprises" this year.
The party will continue on Feb. 9 with the Mardi Gras carnival on the grounds of Sharkey's, 2600 State Hwy. 361. That event will benefit the Jody McCormick Scholarship Fund for vocational education students at Port Aransas High School. The scholarship memorializes McCormick, the late owner of Sharkey's.
The carnival, from noon to 6 p.m. (note the time change from last week's report), will feature music by Victims of Circumstance, a Chinese auction and a silent auction, drawings for prizes, wiener dog races, fish pond, Cajun lotto, moon walk, a cakewalk, hula-hoop, chicken drop, raffles, a silent auction and vendors selling wares.
Vendors who would like to participate should call Sharkey's at 749-4254.
For more information about the parade or carnival, or to volunteer to help, call Janet Calvert at (361) 779-4341.