Mardi Gras 2022

28th Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 18th

5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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

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



Live music by

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



with Cajun, Creole, and French Canadian food

French Coleslaw

Artisan Breads & Whipped Butter
French Meat Pie from Chelo's
New Orleans Chicken & Sausage over Pasta
Maque Choux

 Cajun Dirty Rice 
 Maple Green Beans 
Creole Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Mardi Gras Cake

Coffee Station


The Hall ... awaiting Mardi Gras revelers

St. Ann Art and Cultural Center





Sunday, February 20, 2022 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

Clues to King Jace XXVII's Identity

1. Is fully vaxxed.

2.  Hates liver, snow, and Rap.

3.  Loves steak, TV, and his Queens and Princesses.

4.  Is not a fan.

5.  Is an educated man.

6.  Has many siblings.

7.  Is a friendly guy.

8.  Quotes only himself.

9.  Leads those who lead others.

10. Is Woonsocket born and raised.

The King emerges!

Dave Richards, the King's Liaison, has documented appearances of
the Mysterious Monarch, King Jace XXVIIth,
in and around landmarks in his kingdom of Woonsocket.

King Jace XXVIIth Dan Gendron with
Mardi Gras Queen 2022 Desiree Archambault right after the unmasking.

Mardi Gras Queen Contestants


2022 Mardi Gras Queen



Desiree Archambault is a lifelong resident of Woonsocket and a graduate of Woonsocket High School. She has strong ties to the Woonsocket community as a 20-year employee of Chelo's and as a parishioner of the former St. Ann's Church, where she participated in the children's choir. One of seven siblings that all still reside in the city, she is the daughter of Linda Archambault and Maurice Beaudreault. She is the mother of four children, three grandchildren, and three foster children. Desiree would be honored to represent her community as Mardi Gras Queen, citing her interest in the community, the history of St. Ann's, and continuing the legacy of her family as reasons for participating.

2022 Mardi Gras PrincessStephanie Santoro was raised in Keene, NH and has been a Woonsocket resident for 20 years. She is an employee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI and is a group fitness instructor at the Gym LLC and the Woonsocket YMCA. She is passionate about her faith, her family, and fitness. Stephanie has a daughter who graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy who now attends the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. Stephanie believes that it is important to play a part in enriching the communities where we live and work and has helped to do that by serving as Vice Chair of the Autumnfest Committee, as a board member of the Woonsocket Rotary, and as a captain for the Southern New England Heart Walk. As a Mardi Gras queen contestant, she hopes to strongly support the betterment of northern Rhode Island through the avenue of arts and culture.

2022 Mardi Gras Princess

Tabitha Westerhuis is the daughter of Roland and Judy Beauchemin, the proprietors of Missy’s Family Restaurant in Woonsocket, previously known as Kevin’s Galley. Tabitha and her family are committed to serving the community particularly with the homeless, elderly and our veterans as they offered meals to those in need on Thanksgiving. Tabitha also volunteered with St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, New Beginnings, Autumnfest and chaperoned field trips. She is the proud mother of two children and likes to be part of the community, creating a legacy for her children, family and community. She believes that family, community, and small business are the keys to success.

The crowns and sashes await their regal wearers at the Coronation.

The Queen and Princesses about to start their royal duties at the Ball.

The Royal Court After Cutting the Cake at the Mardi Gras Ball.
Queen Desiree Archambault, Princesses Stephanie Santoro and Tabitha Westerhuis and King Dan Gendron.


1st prize  $500 cash

2nd prize  $300 cash

3rd prize  $100 cash


4th prize $50 gift card

2002 Mardi Gras Queen Lorraine Jacob and husband Paul Jacob
with the Queen after winning the Split the Pot drawing.

Previous Kings & Queens 

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


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
Garrett Mancieri • 2019 • Ann Jalette
Dominique Doiron • 2020 • Lori Paul Thuot


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



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


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.