ASBURY PARK MARDI GRAS
Come join the festivities as downtown Asbury Park launches its first Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday February 6th. There will be a full roster of activities, including free family fun during the day, and masquerade ball to benefit two charities at night.
The day kicks off with a Mardi Gras mask decorating project and contest from 1:oo to 5:00. Pick up your free, undecorated mask at Backward Glances, inside the Shoppes at the Arcade, 658 Cookman Avenue. Then visit participating businesses downtown to get free decorations to apply to your mask. Tables with glue will be set up at the Shoppes at the Arcade to design your own special Mardi Gras creation.
The free mask-making decorations are available at the following businesses: The Lark Gallery, Shelter Home, Purple Glaze, Nita Ideas , Robert Legere, Words!, Beautiful & Gracious Home Interiors, Flying Saucers, Paranormal Books, Uncorked Wine Inspired Creations, Heaven Art, Hot Mess, Pink Elephant Pottery Studio, Hot Sand, and Dino’s on Main.
Also in the afternoon, there will be free face painting by Raven, and strolling musicians from the Asbury Park Music Foundation’s “Music Saved My Life” program. Various downtown restaurants will be cooking up Mardi
At 8:00, it’s time for the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue. The theme for the ball is “New Jersey Meets New Orleans”. All profits from the ball will be donated to two charities, one in Asbury Park, and one in New Orleans. These two cities are united by a love of music and a resilience that has survived through tough economic times and devastating hurricanes.
The local charity is the Asbury Park Music Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, exhibit and promote the City of Asbury Park’s rich musical heritage – past, present and future – and to contribute to the City’s revitalization by securing Asbury Park as a musical destination. Through its youth initiative program entitled “Music Saved My Life”, the APMF has helped fund a new music program at Hope Academy Charter School. The Music Foundation, in partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy, thus far raised over $90,000 to purchase instruments, hire teachers and build a curriculum to enrich the 200 plus students at Hope. In addition to this program, the Foundation recently introduced a Hip-Hop Institute in the Boys & Girls Club of Asbury Park.
The ball also benefits the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Assistance Foundation. Since 1998, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation has been dedicated to keeping New Orleans’ performers alive in body, mind and spirit by providing comprehensive health care and mental health/social services. As the patient-centered medical home for over 2500 local musicians and tradition bearers, the NOMC’s Culture of Caring model provides cost efficient access to high quality health care and wellness programs, regardless of their ability to pay.
Entertainment will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and the VooDUDES.
The Funky Dawgz have exploded onto the live music scene playing a mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. One of the biggest up-and-coming touring acts these high energy horns are bound to get everyone around them dancing all night to that irresistibly funky music! When the Dawgz are not playing shows, they are giving back to the community. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country.
The VooDUDES have been playing a mix of New Orleans funk, blues, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk, with a pinch of Zydeco, Southern soul and Caribbean party music for 25 years. Based in New Jersey, they have played from Montreal to New Orleans and toured Europe, as well as recording six CDs. With these two bands playing, this is going to be quite a party.
Admission to the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at houseofindependents.com/
For further information on Asbury Park Mardi Gras, please contact Cindy Ciullo at Backward Glances, 732-774-0007, info@