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Mardi Gras Ball Brings New Orleans Revelry to Maine
Mardi Gras Ball Brings New Orleans Revelry to Maine

Mardi Gras Ball Brings New Orleans Revelry to Maine
Maine’s Largest Authentic Mardi Gras Festivity in Portland’s Only Grand Ballroom
Portland, Maine –– February 17, 2011 –– The sights & sounds, tastes & FUN of New Orleans will be experienced Saturday March 5, 2011 at the Annual Mardi Gras Ball, a true Big Easy-style fête that will have revelers dancing to live music of Robert Sylvain & the Cajun Aces, in Portland’s only Grand Ballroom at the Eastland Park Hotel.
Chef Marc Bell will create a multi-course meal with authentic Louisiana cuisine, and each partygoer will receive Mardi Gras beads, throws, and a chance to win several valuable door prizes. Dessert will be provided with dinner, so a King Cake will be presented to a lucky guest to keep their party going till Fat Tuesday!

Beyond dinner, dancing, and door prizes, Grand Prizes will be awarded throughout the celebration for contest participants, including the first Crowning of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Yes, robes, crowns and scepters to be provided!

Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala is Jeff Peterson, WGME 13 and FOX 23 anchor, and former New Orleans resident. Jeff’s personal knowledge and experience on the parade floats is sure to add some unexpected Bourbon Street flair and surprises to the night!

The Hurricane, the signature drink of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, can be served in a Special Commemorative 2011 Mardi Gras Hurricane Glass offered exclusively at the Eastland Park Ball. Drinks will be served at several cash bars throughout the ballroom. Masks, premier beads, and other souvenirs will also be available to help make everyone’s night a Ball!

With Maine’s rich French heritage having many of the original families from the area leaving Acadia to create Acadiana in Louisiana, it’s time for Portland to join our New Orleans cousins in welcoming everyone to winter’s most boisterous celebration, and bring the French Quarter home!

The March 5th Mardi Gras Ball will begin at 6 p.m.and party until midnight at the Eastland Park Hotel. If you’re too far to walk to this central downtown location, on-site parking is available. Limited Discounted Room Rates are also available to make a weekend of it! Floor seating is $40, select balcony seating is offered for $50. Tickets are available at all Bull Moose Music locations, and online through Proceeds support Portland’s Cathedral School, a 501(c)3 non-profit helping support the education of underprivileged children and their families in our community.

Laissez le bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

Denise Lawsure, Chair                                                                    
Mardi Gras Portland
(207) 233-0223
Robert Witkowski, Chair
Mardi Gras Portland
(207) 650-8852

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