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


Live music by

Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train



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


Emceed by Jeff Gamache
Jeff Gamache



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



Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6-8 pm

at Savini's Pomodoro

476 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI

Our Queen Contestants sold
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 XXV's Identity

1. Favorite color is royal blue.

2. Loves chicken, hates veggies.

3. If it were up to him, he'd eat all outdoors.

4. Like a farmer, spring and fall are his busy seasons.

5. His lucky numbers are 0, 1, and 8.

6. Not a snow bird, but heads south whenever he can.

7. Not afraid of controversy.

8. His orbit intersects many business circles.

9. Offices are not unfamiliar to him.

10. You've seen his name displayed in a public area.


The Mysterious Monarch Sighted in the City

And King Jace XXV is Garrett Mancieri

Queen Ann Jalette Unmasks King Garrett Mancieri


Mardi Gras Queen Contestants


2019 Mardi Gras Queen

Ann Jalette


Ann Jalette is a lifelong Cumberland resident. Ann managed her family's business, Craft Corner, from 1985 to 2010 and is currently a manager at Vose True Value Hardware. Ann has been active within the area for a long time, as a CCD teacher at St. Joan of Arc Church, as a member of Cumberland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), as a volunteer at St. Ann's Art & Cultural Center, and as a founding member Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance. Ann was on the organizing committee of The Blackstone Valley's Tribute to the Greatest Generation and assisted in the northern Rhode Island "Wall of Hope" project at the Museum of Work and Culture. At Cumberland Hill School, she assisted with the drama program and the "Heroes in History" book which paired World War II veterans with 5th grade students. With several area elementary schools and scout groups, she assisted with raising over $5,000 for relief efforts for 9/11 victims. An award-winning holiday display designer, Ann is the artistic director of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s “Polar Express.” She has three grown sons and a daughter-in-law and is the daughter of Sally and Walter Chomka. She loves gardening and spending time with her family. Ann has been impressed by the wonderful work of the Northern R.I. Council of the Arts and would like to help in this fundraising effort.
Nancy Sylvestre is a busy woman with a farm, which is a home to goats, chickens, and dogs. Nancy enjoys crafts and crocheting and spending time with her family. She became interested in Mardi Gras when she helped support her daughter Nicole Riendeau’s successful run for Queen of the Mardi Gras in 2017. 2019 Mardi Gras Princess

2019 Mardi Gras Princess

Geraldine Barclay-King is the owner of Leave it to Geri Event Planning Service and works at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, Events; previously, she was the Director of Development and Programs for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. She is very active in the community for such organizations as the Downtown Woonsocket Collaboration (Board Member), Connecting for Children and Families (Board Member),       Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley (Past Board Member), L.A.S.T. Ladies All Socializing Together (A networking group that empowers women to regain their sense of self) and Table 19 (A fun group of friends who bring life & laughter to each other). A graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Hospitality Management/Travel & Tourism, she has traveled to many countries and around the United States. Born in Liberia, she has 2 brothers and is the mother of four children ranging in age from 5 to 27 years old (2 girls, 2 boys). A woman of varied interests, Geri loves spending time with her family, planning and hosting events, gardening, music, and dancing. As a Blackstone Valley resident, she believes there is no better way to serve and support her community than by giving back in any capacity.  Given the opportunity as Mardi Gras Queen, she would use this platform to promote the importance of arts, culture and community pride.


Ellen Cloutier is participating in the contest for a third year. She is a resident of Woonsocket and is a published poet. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and softball and would like to become more 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 a resident of Woonsocket and is involved with the CCRI Theatre, the Stadium Theatre and Alive. 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.


1st prize  $500 cash

2nd prize  $300 gift card Mohegan Sun

3rd prize  $100 Visa card


4th prize $50 gift card River Falls

One $100 Prize and Two $50 prizes!



Mardi Gras in the News


Five compete for title of 2019 Mardi Gras Queen, January 16, 2019, The Valley Breeze.


Lauren Clem. Royalty has nothing on her. January 23, 2019, The Valley Breeze.


Joseph Fitzberald. Tickets are on sale for city’s trademark Mardi Gras gala. January 23, 2019, The Woonsocket Call.


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
Bob Billington • 2018 • Joyce LaPerle

The king and his court 2018 -- Kim Blais, King Bob Billington and Queen Joyce LaPerle, and Tammy Irwin.
Photo by Judith Potter

Mardi Gras Committee


Connie Anderson

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais

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

Greg Go

Tina Go

Clara L’Heureux
Tammy Irwin#

Wally Rathbun*
Madeleine Riendeau

Nicole Riendeau#

Marianne Valentin

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




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



American French Genealogical Society | 78 Earle Street, Woonsocket, RI


Athena's Home Novelties
640 Winter Street | Woonsocket, 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


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


Garrett Mancieri, Executive Director


Hunter Insurance
389 Old River Road, Manville, 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


Navigant Credit Union
1005 Douglas Pike | Smithfield, RI 02917


Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue | Woonsocket, RI


Quota International of Woonsocket

Woonsocket Rotary Club

Shaw's Meats

801 Social Street | Woonsocket, RI


2 Southwick Street | Mendon, MA


St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center


Vose True Value Hardware

849 Cumberland Hill Road | Woonsocket, RI



Gifts and Gift Certificates



Bileau's Flowers | 665 Diamond Hill Road | Woonsocket 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
The Lambrou Family

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

Gift Certificate for Eggs Up Family Restaurant

2378 Mendon Road | Cumberland, RI


Excel Beauty Salon (Sue Beaulieu, Mardi Gras Queen 2001)
273 Social Street | Woonsocket, RI


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


L'il General


Missy's Family Restaurant

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


Nicole Riendeau, Mardi Gras Queen 2017


St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center


Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square | Woonsocket, RI


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


Timeless Antiques & Collectibles

91 Main Street | Woonsocket, RI



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


200 Woonsocket Hill Road | North Smithfield, RI




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.