Mardi Gras 2019
25th Annual
Saturday, February 23rd
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

(Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner served from 6-8 pm, Cash Bar)

St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI

Live music by

Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train



The Squeezebox Stompers
(Zydeco, Blues & Soul, Cajun Waltzes)


Emceed by Jeff Gamache
Jeff Gamache


Mixed Greens Melange with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Olives, Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Artisan Breads & Whipped Butter
French Meat Pie
New Orleans Creole Chicken & Sausage over Pasta 
 Cajun Shrimp and Rice 
 Maple and Bacon Green Beans 
Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Mardi Gras Cake

Coffee Station


The Hall ... awaiting Mardi Gras revelers

St. Ann Art and Cultural Center



Previous Kings & Queens


1954 •

Pauline (Nadeau) Miller

1955 •

Maureen (Mazzarella) Kennedy

1956 •

Beverly (DiCesare) Russell

1957 •

Pauline (Gagnon) Riendeau

1958 •

Rita (Laliberte) Nadeau

1959 •

Claire (Paul) Lafrance

1988 •

Michelle (Lefort) Wheeler

Owen Bebeau

•1995 •

Gloria Jean Roy

Roger Nault

• 1996 •

Paula Rezendes

Al Auclair

• 1997 •

Roxanne Menard

Leo Fontaine

• 1998 •

Dianna Glassey

Roger Jalette

• 1999 •

Donna Gallant

Ken Bianchi

• 2000 •

Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard

Noel Pincince

• 2001 •

Suzanne Beaulieu

Dave Richards

• 2002 •

Lorraine Jacob

Roger Petit

• 2003 •

Stacey (McCutcheon) Fitzsimmons

Roger Bouchard

• 2004 •

Roberta Baillargeon

Tom Ward

• 2005 •

Joyce LaPerle

Brian Blais

• 2006 •

Lorraine Guilbault

Marcel Desroches

• 2007 •

Nancy Phillips

Ray Gaboury

• 2008 •

Monique Noel

Steve Moreau

• 2009 •

Irene Blais

Thomas S. Carey

• 2010 •

Linda Trudeau
Barry Mechanic
• 2011 •
Amanda Corriveault
William D. Schneck Jr.
• 2012 •
Jackie Boudreau
John Gregory
• 2013 •
Sandy Paul
Bob Phillips • 2014 • Sheylon Lawson
Paul Shatraw • 2015 • Tracey Parenteau
Edward Hunt • 2016 • Tammy Lamberto Roy
Joe Nadeau • 2017 • Nicole Riendeau
Bob Billington • 2018 • Joyce LaPerle

The king and his court -- Kim Blais, King Bob Billington and Queen Joyce LaPerle, and Tammy Irwin.
Photo by Judith Potter


Mardi Gras Committee


Connie Anderson#

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais

Sharon Charette
Lorraine Cloutier
Paul Collette
Marlene Gagnon*#
Joan R. Gahan

David Graham
Michelle Colette Graham
Clara L’Heureux
Jeanne Moulay
Ray Nolan
Wally Rathbun*
Madeleine Riendeau

Patrick Ryan

Marianne Valentin

Brenda Viscione

*Committee Co-Chairs
#Queen's Contest Co-Chairs




Costume Contest Winners Jason Badeau (Jester) and Tracey Belliveau (Goddess Mermaid)
A very special birthday was celebrated -- Clara L'Heureux (center) turns 95 on February 14th!
Helping her celebrate are Mardi Gras Co-Chairs Marlene Gagnon (left) and Wally Rathbun (alligator) assisted by Dominique Doiron.

Last Year's Sponsors

(click on logo or link to visit our sponsors' websites)


Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Soucy Insurance Agency
362 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI

American-French Genealogical Society

Athena's Home Novelties
640 Winter Street, Woonsocket, RI

Romeo & Diane Berthiaume
Uxbridge, MA

Bileau's Flowers
665 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket RI

Blackstone Valley Tourism
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI

John Boucher Real Estate Property Management
John Boucher Real Estate Property Management, Inc.

600 Cass Avenue, Woonsocket, RI


The Call

Careau Investment Group
68 Cumberland Street, Suite 202, Woonsocket, RI, (401) 765-8880


Catholic Financial Life
New England Regional Office
1300 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI


Cercle Laurier
165 East School Street, Woonsocket, RI


Club Lafayette
Club Lafayette
289 Aylsworth Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI


Senator Marc A. Cote
Woonsocket, RI


1098 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895
phone: (401) 769-0462, toll free: (877) 237-6993, fax: (401) 767-3806

Hunter Insurance
389 Old River Road, Manville, RI


Italian Workingmen's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club

250 High Street, Manville, RI


Milford Federal Savings & Loan

Milford Federal Savings & Loan
246 Main Street, Milford, MA


Navigant Credit Union
1005 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917



Quota International of Woonsocket

Woonsocket Rotary Club

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center


Vose True Value Hardware

849 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI


Gifts and Gift Certificates


Athena's Home Novelties
640 Winter Street, Woonsocket, RI


1992 Victory Highway, Glendale, RI


Bileau's Flowers, 665 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket RI


Cardi's Furniture
with locations in Rhode Island (South Kingstown, West Warwick),
Massachusetts (Braintree, Hyannis, South Attleboro, Swansea)


Sharon Charette
North Smithfield, RI

Lorraine Cloutier, Woonsocket, RI

Gift Certificate for Eggs Up Family Restaurant

2378 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI


Cumberland House of Pizza
2360 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864-3708, (401) 658-2626

34 Fournier Street, Woonsocket, RI


Excel Beauty Salon (Sue Beaulieu, Mardi Gras Queen 2001)
800 Providence Street, Woonsocket, RI


Marlene Gagnon
North Smithfield, RI


Joan Gahan
Woonsocket, RI


Clara Holding
"Life's Little Extras"
641 Blackstone Street, Uxbridge, MA


Image Makers Beauty Salon
37 Main Street, Albion, RI


La Navi Nails
800 Providence Street, Woonsocket, RI 



Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI


Wally Rathbun, St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center


Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant
476 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI 


Carolyn Picchiotti Smith
Cumberland, RI 


Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI


Nancy Sylvestre, East Thompson, CT


Sue Tessier MacKenzie, Seasonal Sweets
289 Summer Street, Woonsocket, RI


42 South Main Street, Garden Level Around Back, Woonsocket, RI



200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI



Read about the great time we had for Mardi Gras 2017!


Robert Graves Leonard of Slippery Sneakers
Many of the traditions of Mardi Gras have their roots in a Roman festival called the Saturnalia which celebrated the end of winter and the coming of spring. Over time, and with the spread of Christianity, the festival became a final binge of feasting and self-indulgence before the sacrifice of Lent. In 17th century Paris, the celebration came to be known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday – a way for Christians to fatten up before the long Lenten season.

Mardi Gras 2007French settlers brought their traditions to Louisiana in 1766. By 1857, New Orleans began to develop its own traditions of masked balls, organized parades, and “throws” (favors such as beads, doubloons, and cups thrown from parade floats). In 1872, the King of Mardi Gras selected the celebration’s official colors of purple, green, and gold. The colors’ meanings were defined as justice (purple), faith (green), and power (gold) in 1892.

In 1954, the Mardi Gras tradition was started in Woonsocket by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The four days of festivities earned the celebration the title of “Mardi Gras of the North.” The Jaycees’ involvement in Mardi Gras gave our king his name – King Jace.

Since 1995, the NRICA and the Mardi Gras Committee, with the invaluable help of our sponsors, have worked hard to bring the authentic feel and the fun of a traditional Mardi Gras celebration to Woonsocket.