New Bern has experienced unusually warm weather over the past week. Temperatures will be a bit cooler and cloudier on Saturday, but the weather will still be sunny for the Ghent Mardi Gras event and parade scheduled for the weekend.
Here are some of the things to look forward to at this year’s sixth annual Mardi Gras event.
1. Ax throwing is coming to Mardi Gras
Beary the Hatchet, located at 504 S. Front St. in New Bern, will be sending their mobile ax throwing unit to this weekend’s fun event. Mardi Gras lovers can experience the thrill of ax throwing in a safe and unique setting. Closed shoes are mandatory to participate in this event.
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2. Suppliers with unique products
Spencer Avenue will be lined with vendors selling a variety of goods such as jewelry, food and drink and other unusual trinkets.
Brutopia Brewing Company will serve craft beer. Food vendors include SOB BBQ – Texas-style barbecue, Two Crazy Donuts, Mari’s Hella Fat Food, Betty’s Kitchen & Eatery, Jasmine Tasty Thai, Funnels of Love serving gourmet funnel cakes, candy apples, fried Oreos , Fried Twinkies, Fried Honeybuns and Fried Snickers, Snook Dawgs, Snowie Ice and Fairytales Concessions.
Other vendors include SuperStar Face Painting, Dawg Gone Crazy selling homemade dog treats, dog toys, dog soap, dog balm, dog clothes/sweaters and cozy bowls and Mehak Minhas Artistry and Henna Services will provide freehand henna tattoos; handmade organic henna cones; hand crafted home decor items. L&C Design Co., Cheyenne S Ceramics, Me Day Homemade Body Care, Naturally Stoned, 2 Creative Sistas and Buff City Soap are just a few on a long list of vendors who will be showcasing their wares.
3. The parade starts at 3 p.m.
People dressed in purple, green, and gold and other colorful costumes and 25 floats will join the parade and toss beads and other Mardi Gras-themed paraphernalia to attendees. The parade will feature the Fife & Drum Corps,
The parade begins at the intersection of Spencer Avenue and Eighth Street and will end at Spencer Avenue and Second Street.
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4. Live music by local bands and musicians
The event is organized by MC Coco from Ghent. Other performers include George Oliver and The Bonafides at 11 a.m., Alisa Mike at noon, Joe Baes Project at 1 p.m., Bryan Mayer at 2 p.m. and Madame Z’s Cabaret will take the stage at 4 p.m.
5. An event without politics or religion
According to mardigras.com, this is a fun-only event. The event does not offer any political or religious information. The goal is for everyone to go out and have fun. This is a multicultural event and everyone is welcome to attend and participate.
Tia Huggins, President, said she was really excited about this year’s event.
“At 25, we’ve got more floaters this year than we’ve ever had,” Higgins said. “We are also pleased to have been able to involve local musician Bryan Mayer as well as several local businesses.”
Higgins said they expected large crowds for the festivities.
The event will take place on Spencer Avenue between Second and Fifth Streets.
For more information, visit newbernmardigras.com.