2014 MGB raises over $4800 for VSA Arts

Read full piece with slideshow here:  Providence Journal 


Proceeds from the  22nd Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball Auction and Competition totaled over $4,800 and was raised to support the work of VSA Arts Rhode Island, a statewide nonprofit organization providing arts and education programs to children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Pictured are Jeannine Chartier, Director of VSA arts RI, as “La Catrina”;  and Chuck Wentworth of Lagniappe Productions.

Photo: Hank Randall 

Photos of the Mardi Gras Ball

 Photos of 2014 Mardi Gras Ball are Copyright Hank Randall.

(Don’t) Stop the Presses!

The New Haven Register says ”it’s the biggest Yankee Mardi Gras party of them all — and well worth the drive.  The ball, which begins at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight, is the most authentic Mardi Gras celebration in New England.”  [read full article here]

Motif  Magaine TV Named the Mardi Gras Ball #1 of the Top Five Things to Do in the Ocean State

The Providence Journal says:  “Mardi Gras Ball at Rhodes brings all things Cajun to R.I…… you’ve got a grand Rhode Island tradition now in its 22nd year… It’s cabin fever time. People are tired of winter. And this is a perfect excuse to get out…” [read full article here]

Providence Journal interview with C.J. Chenier:  “We would just come up and to play music and spread the love,” he laughs in his signature deep voice and drawl…”Our goal is to make people smile and have happy feet… Every year around this time, we leave the South and head north. Y’all need some funk up there”  [read full interview here]

GoLocal Providence Says The Mardi Gras Ball is one of the “5 Musts” for the Weekend  [read full article here]

The Providence Journal also says the Ball is a “Must Do” for the Weekend [read full article here]

See also:

Providence Music Examiner – February 2014