Mardi Gras 2015
21st Annual!
Saturday, February 7th
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

Slippery Sneakers

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

Live music by

Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train



Slippery Sneakers
(Zydeco, Blues & Soul, Cajun Waltzes)
Jeff GamacheEmceed by Jeff Gamache


Mixed Greens Melange with Dressing Buffet

Asiago Bread with Whipped Butter

Whipped Idaho Potatoes

Meat Pies

Seafood Jambalaya

Mini Muffaletta

Beef Burgundy Buffet

Creole Green Beans

Spiced Cake with Frosting

Oven-Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Coffee (Regular And De-Caf)


The Hall ... awaiting Mardi Gras revelers

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

Clues to King Jace XXI's Identity

1. Likes it Hot!

2. Has always been very active.

3. His favorite color is RED.

4. Once worked as a newspaper delivery boy.

5. Grew up in the suburbs.

6. Loves a good story.

7. Tuna fish and veggies are his favorite fruits. Fruit, too!

8. Also worked in the galleys.

9. Loves an ocean view.

10. Has a good day—everyday!

King Jace XXI Around Town!

At Barry Field

At City Hall


At Woonsocket Harris Public Library

At Landmark Medical Center

At Market Square

At the War Memorial

At The Call

At Walnut Hill Plaza

And King Jace XXI is.....

Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw

Surrounded by

Princess Michelle Collette Graham, Queen Tracey Parenteau, and Princess Holley Antaya

A fire chief fit to be King by Joseph B. Nadeau (Woonsocket Call, 2/8/15)

Was held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 1 pm

at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Hall

Park Square, Woonsocket, RI

Our Queen Contestants are now selling
raffle tickets
to benefit this year's Mardi Gras Raffle

This year's contestants:

2015 Mardi Gras Queen


TRACEY PARENTEAU resides in Woonsocket and is employed as an Executive Assistant to the CEO at Dassault Systemes SIMULIA in Johnston.  She has been actively involved in the community supporting the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre, R. I. Food Bank, United Way, Vietnam Veteran’s Moving Wall and other great non-profit organizations.  Tracey enjoys reading, entertaining, event planning and working in her garden.  She was first princess in Mardi Gras 2004 meeting many new friends and supporters along the way and strongly believes in helping local non-profit organizations by giving back and giving more of yourself to those who need your experience, time and energy and help promote arts and education in our community.  She has been married for 15 years to Jeffrey Parenteau.  You can visit Tracey’s website at

Tracey Parenteau
Michelle Collette Graham

2015 Mardi Gras Princess


MICHELLE COLLETTE GRAHAM resides in Pawtucket and is presently employed at Landmark Medical Center as a RN in labor and delivery, medical surgical and mental health. She also is medical discharge planner for Community Care Alliance. She is presently studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. A graduate of R. I. College in 1991 with a BS in general management and Johnson & Wales University in 1993 with MBA in international business. She returned to R.I. College in 2012 earning BS in nursing. Prior to becoming a nurse, she was a mortgage consultant for 20 plus years. She loves cooking and traveling. She would like to become Mardi Gras Queen because Woonsocket is rich in culture, traditions and history and Mardi Gras is a celebration which incorporates all three of these aspects in our community. Recently married to Attorney David Graham in June, 2014, their blended family includes Tracy, Molly and Myles. She is the daughter of Paul and Jeannette Collette of North Providence and Prudence Island.

2015 Mardi Gras Princess


HOLLEY ANTAYA resides in Cumberland and is employed at DCHN in Woonsocket.  She is an active member of St. Josephs Veterans Association, PARL, and Special Olympics of R.I.  Holley enjoys volunteering for charitable causes and has special interest in animal rescue.  She has played Santa for several events and took the "penguin plunge" for Special Olympics.  Her hobbies include motorcycling, painting, sky diving and considers herself a do it yourself person.  She would like to be Queen of the Mardi Gras to be an ambassador to the arts through friends and family.  Supporting the arts is close to her heart since she is an artist herself and has friends who also have artistic inclinations.

Holley Antaya

Mardi Gras Queen 2015 Tracey Parenteau
Princesses Michelle Collette Graham and Holley Antaya
after their coronation.

Amanda Girard

AMANDA GIRARD is a resident of Woonsocket and theatre is one of her favorite interests.  She has appeared in the Encore Repertory Company's presentation of A Christmas Carol which was her fifth play with Encore and finds time to spend at The Alive Program.  Amanda enjoys arts and crafts, reading and spending time with family, friends and her pet dogs.  She believes NRICA is a wonderful organization and wants to see Arts and Culture continue in the City of Woonsocket.  She is the daughter of Sana Roderigues.



Jennifer Grover

JENNIFER GROVER is a resident of North Smithfield and employed at Woonsocket Harris Library.  She enjoys knitting and has run The Woonsocket Harris Library Knitting Circle@ Woonsocket Library for the past 6 years; also, Keeping Woonsocket Warm:  A Community Service Project@Beacon Charter High School for the Arts for 3 years.  Her special interests and hobbies include reading, hiking knitting and crocheting. She has become a contestant for Mardi Gras Queen because she believes in supporting the arts since it is an important component of the community to incorporate and strive to keep this into your everyday life.  She loves spending time with her children; Kanisha Renee, 22, Tiahna Gabrielle, 18, and Indira Celeste, 7.  She is the fiancée of Zachary Mann and sister to Andrew Bennett and wife Leanne who reside in Burrillville.



Previous Kings & Queens

(click on links to see Mardi Gras page from that year)


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

• 2008 •

• 2009 •

• 2010 •

• 2011 •
• 2012 •
• 2013 •
Bob Phillips • 2014 • Sheylon Lawson
Paul Shatraw • 2015 • Tracey Parenteau

Previous Queens in Attendance at Mardi Gras 2015:
(left to right) Irene Blais 2009, Lorraine Jacob 2002, Suzanne Beaulieu 2001, Jackie Boudreau 2012, Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard 2000, Nancy Phillips 2007

  Mardi Gras Committee

Jackie Boudreau#
Rene Boudreau#

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais*

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

Mariana Hadady
Monique Jean
Clara L’Heureux
Ray Nolan

Patrick Ryan

Marianne Valentin

Brenda Viscione

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




Our 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

Romeo & Diane Berthiaume
Uxbridge, MA

Blackstone Valley Center For Internal Medicine, Inc.
Greigstone Yearwood, M. D.
191 Social Street, Woonsocket

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

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

Cercle Laurier
165 East School Street, Woonsocket, RI

Conway Tours
10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI

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

Hunter Insurance
P. O. Box 1, Manville, RI

Italian Workingmen's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895, 401-762-9842

Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club
Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club

250 High Street, Manville, RI

Michael's Meats
2139 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI, (401) 305-5555

Milford Federal Savings & Loan

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

Navigant Credit Union
Navigant Credit Union

2364 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864, 401-333-3304

830 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI  02895, 401-769-8128

Woonsocket Rotary Club
Woonsocket, RI

Gifts and Gift Certificates

With local stores in East Greenwich, Cranston, Newport, and Providence

Athena's Home Novelties

Jackie Boudreau (Mardi Gras Queen 2012)
North Smithfield, RI

The Broaster House

263 Pond Street, Woonsocket, RI, (401) 762-1717

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

Diana's Leather & Lace Boutique
98 Canal Street, Blackstone, MA

Early Riser Breakfast
175 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, RI

Eggs Up Family Restaurant

2378 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI

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

970 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917, (401) 231-1100

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI

Marlene Gagnon
Cumberland, 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

Muriel Lahousse
Douglas, MA

Michelle Marandola – Designs by Mich
Woonsocket, RI

Modern Bistro
4077 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI, (401) 658-0449

Museum of Work and Culture
42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895, (401) 769-WORK (9675)

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church
1409 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

1204 Pound Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI 02896

11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903, Call For Reservations: 800-294-7709

Carolyn Smith
Cumberland, RI 

Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI


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

Therese Tessier
Woonsocket, RI

Woonsocket Historical Society

Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery

200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI

Read about the great time we had for Mardi Gras 2014!


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.