Mardi Gras 2023


28th Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 18th, 2023
St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI


Live music by

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


 

MARDI GRAS QUEEN'S CORONATION AND THE UNMASKING OF KING JACE

Sunday, February 12, 2023 from 5-7 pm

at Savini's Pomodoro

476 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI


2022 Mardi Gras Queen Desiree Archambault, 1st Princess Stephanie Santoro and 2nd Princess Tabitha Westerhuis,


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


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
Dominique Doiron • 2020 • Lori Paul Thuot
Dan Gendron • 2022 • Desiree Archambault

 


Mardi Gras Committee

Irene Blais

Sharon Charette
Paul Collette
Dominique Doiron

Marlene Gagnon*
Joan R. Gahan

Bob Guernon

Tammy Irwin#

Ann Jalette#

Barbara Ozanian#

Wally Rathbun*
Madeleine Riendeau

Angela Rondeau

Marianne Valentin


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

 


2022 Donors

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

 


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


Sue Beaulieu
Mardi Gras Queen, 2001

Bob Billington, President
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

 

 

Roger Bouchard
King Jace, 2004

 

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
 


Fournier & Fournier


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


Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue | Woonsocket, RI

 

 

Wally Rathbun
Woonsocket

 

 

84 Cumberland Street | Woonsocket, RI

 

Timeless Antiques & Collectibles

Tammy Irwin, Mardi Gras Princess, 2017

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



Ann Jalette, 2019 Mardi Gras Queen

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


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

Sharon Charette
North Smithfield, RI

Marlene Gagnon
North Smithfield, RI

 

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

 

Ann Jalette, 2019 Mardi Gras Queen


L'il General

575 Cumberland Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI


Carolyn Picchiotti Smith
Cumberland, RI 

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI

Poppy's Restaurant
3344 Mendon Road | Cumberland, RI

 

Wally Rathbun

Woonsocket, RI

 

Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square | Woonsocket, RI

 

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

 

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