Mardi Gras 2020
26th Annual
Saturday, February 22nd
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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

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


Read more about:
King Jace | Menu | Sponsors | Queen Contestants | Previous Kings & Queens | Mardi Gras Committee | Short History of Mardi Gras


 

Tickets: SOLD OUT!



Live music by

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

 


 

 

FULL CAJUN BUFFET


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

 

 

MARDI GRAS QUEEN'S CORONATION
AND THE UNMASKING OF KING JACE
Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 5-7 pm

at Savini's Pomodoro

476 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI


Mardi Gras Queen Lori Paul Thuot, 1st Princess Tabitha Westerhuis, and 2nd Princess Ashley Robitaille


King Jace contest sponsored by Dave Richards of WOON Radio
Dave Richards, WOON RadioWOON Radio

Clues to King Jace XXVI's Identity

1. 2 degrees separate him from others.

2.  Is Woonsocket born and raised.

3.  Is a cruiser who loves opera.

4.  Is impatient with impatient people.

5.  Supports those who support their community.

6.  Hates seafood, loves the big apple.

7.  Loves it when he and ‘things’ work out.

8.  Serves those he works with.

9.  Will someday return to Paris.

10. Not used to this much hair.

King Jace the XXVIth is.........
Dominique Doiron!


King Jace XXVIth Dominique Doiron and Queen Lori Paul Thuot

 

The Full Court

2nd Princess Ashley Robitaille, Runner-Up Amanda Girard, 1st Princess Tabitha Westerhuis, King Dominique Doiron, Queen Lori Paul Thuot

 



Queen's Coronation Flyer

Mardi Gras Queen Contestants

   

2020 Mardi Gras Queen
Lori Paul Thuot


 

Lori Paul Thuot of Woonsocket has a passion for helping people and getting involved in any cause that benefits her city. She has previously been a volunteer and supporter for Operation Elves, Feed the Children of Woonsocket and the Christmas Fundraiser of St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. Now that she has more time, she is able to participate in the NRICA’s Mardi Gras Queen Competition which has been on her list of organizations to partner with for a few years now. Lori has been loyally employed at CVS Health for the past 33 years. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her granddaughter and friends.
Tabitha Westerhuis is the daughter of Roland and Judy Beauchemin, the proprietors of Missy’s Family Restaurant in Woonsocket, previously known as Kevin’s Galley. Tabitha and her family are committed to serving the community particularly with the homeless, elderly and our veterans as they offered meals to those in need on Thanksgiving. Tabitha also volunteered with St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, New Beginnings, Autumnfest and chaperoned field trips. She is the proud mother of two children and likes to be part of the community, creating a legacy for her children, family and community. She believes that family, community and small business are the keys to success. 2020 Mardi Gras Princess
 

2020 Mardi Gras Princess

 

 

Ashley Robitaille is a life-long resident of Woonsocket. She is a mother of two children and a pet she lovingly refers to as her fur baby. She has been a proud military wife for the past 5 years and recently became a Molly Pitcher nominee. Outside of supporting the military, she has volunteered her time to help with animals, dogs in particular. She does what she can to support small, locally owned businesses. Ashley loves traditions, old and new. When learning about the history of the NRICA and their Mardi Gras, she felt connected to the cause as she and her family are of French descent. She would be honored to earn the title of Queen and keep the tradition going in the community.
Amanda Girard is a Woonsocket resident and has been involved with the Mardi Gras for several years as a contestant. She volunteers in the kitchen of the Living Well Adult Day Care Center in Pawtucket and volunteers at Rhode Island Stage Ensemble in Woonsocket. Amanda enjoys theater, arts, reading, and crafts. She loves helping others, making a difference, and being a part of something big. She thanks her mother for her constant support and the rest of her family, who she loves very much.


QUEEN CONTEST RAFFLE PRIZES

1st prize  $500 cash


2nd prize  $300 gift card to Mohegan Sun


3rd prize  $100 Visa card

 

4th prize $50 gift card to Savini's Pomodoro Restaurant

 



Previous Kings & Queens

Confetti

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
Garrett Mancieri • 2019 • Ann Jalette


 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Committee

 

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais

Sharon Charette
Lorraine Cloutier
Paul Collette
Dominique Doiron

Marlene Gagnon*
Joan R. Gahan

Bob Guernon

Clara L’Heureux
Tammy Irwin#

Ann Jalette

Wally Rathbun*
Madeleine Riendeau

Nicole Riendeau#

Angela Rondeau

Marianne Valentin


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2020 Sponsors

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

 

 

Romeo & Diane Berthiaume
Uxbridge, MA


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


Cercle Laurier
165 East School Street | Woonsocket, RI




490 Clinton Street | Woonsocket, RI | (401) 769-6622

 

Club Lafayette
Club Lafayette
289 Aylsworth Avenue | Woonsocket, RI


10 Nate Whipple Highway | Cumberland, RI


Marc A. Cote
Boucher & Company
Commercial Property Specialist
Woonsocket, RI



(401) 765-1240 | djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com

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

 

801 Clinton Street | Woonsocket, RI

Judy & Roland Beauchemin


Navigant Credit Union
1005 Douglas Pike | Smithfield, RI 02917



Quota International of Woonsocket



 

84 Cumberland Street | Woonsocket, RI

 

 

 

2 Southwick Street | Mendon, MA

 

Vose True Value Hardware

849 Cumberland Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI

 


 

 


 



Gifts and Gift Certificates


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

Sue Beaulieu
Mardi Gras Queen, 2001

 

Bileau's Flowers

665 Diamond Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI | (401) 766-3165


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

 

 

Sharon Charette
North Smithfield, RI

 


Cumberland House of Pizza
The Lambrou Family

2360 Mendon Road | Cumberland, RI | (401) 658-2626

 



2378 Mendon Road | Cumberland, RI

 

Ann Fay

Canton, MA

 

Marlene Gagnon
North Smithfield, RI

 

Joan Gahan
Woonsocket, RI

 

Clara Holding
"Life's Little Extras"
Narragansett, RI

 

The Honey Shop

6 Winthrop Street & 1300 Park Avenue | Woonsocket, RI | (401) 597-6885


Image Makers Beauty Salon
37 Main Street | Albion, RI


Ann Jalette

Mardi Gras Queen, 2019

 

1013 Cass Avenue | Woonsocket, RI

 

L'il General

575 Cumberland Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI

 

801 Clinton Street | Woonsocket, RI

 

Museum of Work and Culture

42 South Main Street | Woonsocket, RI

 

Carolyn Picchiotti Smith
Cumberland, RI 

 

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI

 

Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue | Woonsocket, RI

 

Nicole Riendeau

Mardi Gras Queen, 2017

 

Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square | Woonsocket, RI


Timeless Antiques & Collectibles

Tammy Irwin, Mardi Gras Princess, 2017

91 Main Street | Woonsocket, RI | (401) 257-5796

 


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

 

200 Woonsocket Hill Road | North Smithfield, RI

 

 



A SHORT HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS

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.