Mardi Gras 2017
23rd Annual
Saturday, February 25th
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

Tickets: $30 ($35 at the door — CASH ONLY — if tickets are still available)
Call Lorraine Cloutier at (401) 762-9072 or

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)


Emceed by Jeff Gamache


Mixed Greens Melange with Dressing Buffet

Artisan Breads & Whipped Butter
French Meat Pie
Beef Burgundy
Seafood Jambalaya
New Orleans Mini Muffalettas
Whipped Yukon Potatoes
Southern Fried Okra
Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Coffee (Regular And De-Caf)

The Hall ... awaiting Mardi Gras revelers



Was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6-8 pm

at River Falls

Market Square, Woonsocket, RI

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

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

Clues to King Jace XXIII's Identity

1. Prefers the serenity of the ocean to large noisy crowds.

2. Rejects escargot for a simple chicken dinner.

3. Earned a bachelor's degree, but is now a family man.

4. Loves the excitement of travel, dislikes the routine of a daily schedule.

5. Is frequently on the run.

6. Has a way with words.

7. Has been honored in the past.

8. Has many friends who are veterans.

9. Is a local boy, but his work is known far and wide.

10. Listens well.

Click on ONRADIOWOONSOCKET and see the clues and pictures.



And King Jace the XXIII is.....

Joe Nadeau



Mardi Gras Queen Contestants


2017 Mardi Gras Queen

Nicole Riendeau is a native of Woonsocket, currently living in Milford, MA.  She is employed at CVS and is a member of All Saints Parish, Father Marot CYO Center, Walnut Hill Bowl and is the Townsman Club Annual Easter Bunny.  Nicole has 7 nieces and nephews all under age 6. She has been engaged for 3 years. She has a love of sea turtles and hopes to swim with them one day. In honor of her grandmother, Pauline Gagnon Riendeau, who was Mardi Gras Queen in 1956 and who passed away in 2015, Nicole is honored to compete in honor of her legacy. She is excited to be part of the Woonsocket French Heritage, celebration, and getting to socialize with great people.
2017 Mardi Gras Princess
Tammy Irwin is owner and operator, with her husband Frank, of Timeless Antiques and Collectibles. She is also a member of the Woonsocket Historical Society, Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative and has participated in the Main Street Stroll committee. She loves the history of Woonsocket. She is very excited to be a part of Mardi Gras and its tradition and at the same time support the arts in the community.
Sandy Seoane, was a resident of Woonsocket for several years before recently moving to North Smithfield. Seoane has been a reporter for The Valley Breeze Newspaper for the past five years and has enjoyed promoting local culture and the arts through her work. A graduate from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor's in political science, Seoane also attended graduate school at Northeastern University. She has been a volunteer at Autumnfest and the RI Food Bank, and has participated in the Community Care Alliance Shelterwalk. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, skiing and spending time with friends and family. Seoane wants to be Mardi Gras Queen because she hopes to help to preserve and grow Woonsocket's unique traditions. The daughter of two former city residents of French Canadian heritage, Seoane has a deep appreciation for Woonsocket history, and wants to do her part to raise funds for an organization that keeps city culture alive. 2017 Mardi Gras Princess
Ellen Cloutier is a resident of Woonsocket and is a published poet. She enjoys swimming, softball, reading and writing and wants to be involved in the community. Her grandmother, Jeanne Cloutier encouraged her to participate.


Amanda Girard has been involved with the Mardi Gras for several years as a contestant.  She is also a resident of Woonsocket and attends the Community College of Rhode Island.  She is a member of CCRI Players, International Club, and Student Government. Amanda has also performed in several productions at the Stadium Theatre. She loves helping out such an awesome cause for NRICA and being a part of doing something good for the city.



Barbara Ozanian, also a Woonsocket resident, works for the Woonsocket Education Department. She is Vice President of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild, and the RI CLUW. She also volunteers for Operation Stand Down.  Barbara moved to Woonsocket in 1979 and settled in with her husband James and raised a family. Barbara is proud of Woonsocket and always looking to do something good for her city. She feels pride in participating in this contest to support the city.



1st prize  $500 cash
Joe Callahan of ON-RADIO

2nd prize  $300 gift card Mohegan Sun
Rose Tancrell, Millville, MA

3rd prize  $100 Visa card
Russ Plante, Woonsocket


4th prize $50 g ift card River Falls
Larry Poitras, Woonsocket


Male:  Josh Fiske, Franklin
Female:  Linda Trudeau, Bellingham

50/50 SPLIT THE POT (4 prizes)

1st  Dominique Doiron (cash)

2nd, 3rd, and 4th  Winners, Tickets for future Stadium Theatre Productions
Paul Jacob
Linda Nadeau
Lisa Phaneuf


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
Edward Hunt • 2016 • Tammy Lamberto Roy
Joe Nadeau • 2017 • Nicole Riendeau

The king and his court -- Sandy Seoane, Tammy Irwin, King Joe Nadeau and Queen Nicole Riendeau.

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
Ray Nolan
Wally Rathbun
Madeleine Riendeau

Patrick Ryan

Marianne Valentin

Brenda Viscione

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




Linda Trudeau
Jason Fiske

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

Romeo & Diane Berthiaume
Uxbridge, MA

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

Club Lafayette
Club Lafayette
289 Aylsworth Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI


Senator Marc A. Cote


Fournier & Fournier

Raymond Gaboury
Woonsocket, RI

Councilman Dan Gendron
Woonsocket, RI

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

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

Richard R. Lepine Financial Advisors
2140 Mendon Road, Suite 202, Cumberland, RI 02864
Telephone: (401) 475-3508 • (888) 920-3232

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

Woonsocket Rotary Club

Terry's Tire and Auto Service
36 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, RI

Gifts and Gift Certificates

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

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

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

Eggs Up Family Restaurant

2378 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI

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

Fontana's Flowers & Greenhouses
1098 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI
phone: (401) 769-0462, toll free: (877) 237-6993, fax: (401) 767-3806

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

1013 Cass Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

547 Cumberland Hill Rd, Woonsocket, RI | (401) 356-1676


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

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

2000 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI | (401) 333-3100

Carolyn Picchiotti Smith
Cumberland, RI 

Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI


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


200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI

Read about the great time we had for Mardi Gras 2016!


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.