Corey LedetMardi Gras

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Articles about Mardi Gras

PLACE: CYO Center, 53 Federal Street,Woonsocket, RI
BANDS: Featuring Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band from Louisiana
and Slippery Sneakers
BUFFET CATERED BY: Fine Catering by Russell Morin
EMCEE: WNRI's Jeff Gamache

King Jace contest sponsored by Dave Richards of WOON Radio

WOON Radio

Photo Gallery

Click on Titles to See Pictures of Mardi Gras 2008
King Jace Ray Gaboury and Queen Maureen Noel

Mardi Gras King and Queen
Mardi Gras Bands Mardi Gras NRICA Committee Members Mardi Gras Dancers Mardi Gras Costumes



Fine Catering by Russell Morin

Mixed Green Salad with Louisiana French Mustard Vinaigrette
Crusty French Bread and Whipped Butter
Bayou Meat Pie
Chicken Big Mamou on Pasta (sauce with peppers, onions, okra)
Tasso and Andouille Jambalaya (Louisiana ham and sausage served with rice)
Corn Maque Choux (corn,onion,bell pepper, tomato sauce)
New Orleans Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce and Chantilly Cream
French Roast Coffee


Mardi Gras Children's Celebration

Saturday, February 2, 2008, Doors open at 1:15 pm
Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Main Street Woonsocket, RI (Directions)

Costume parade and Costume Contest

Contestants must arive by 1:30 pm
Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and Most Original Costume
Mardi Gras Souvenirs for Everyone

Includes a screening of Shrek the Third at 2 pm

Sponsored by USJB Catholic Family Life Insurance, Chapter Martel No. 2


February 7, 2008 • Untitled photo and caption, The Valley Breeze
February 3, 2008 • City's Mardi Gras revelers dance the night away by Danielle Brissette, The Call (Woonsocket)
January 24, 2008 • Mardi Gras menu inspired by Louisiana cuisine, The Call (.pdf)

Our Sponsors


King's Court ($1000+)

Rhode Island State Council of the Arts
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

City of Woonsocket
City of Woonsocket

Cayer Caccia LLP
Cayer Caccia LLP

Princess's Court ($100+)

Soucy Insurance Agency
Soucy Insurance Agency

Twin River
Twin River

The Valley Breeze
The Valley Breeze

Milford Federal
Milford Federal

Roxanne L. Menard

Phyllis Thomas


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.