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Hurrah for Mardi Gras!

Enjoy food, folly and other festivities at Bay City on Saturday, March 8.
Enjoy food, folly and other festivities at Bay City on Saturday, March 8.
Bay City Restaurant

Mardi Gras, also commonly referred to as “Fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday,” is a day to be celebrated with fun festivity, filling food and foolhardy folly. It is a time to dig in to your heart’s content on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent—observed in many Christian denominations as the start of the Easter season.

As Lent is a time for fasting, making resolutions and solemn reflection, many people enjoy their “Fat Tuesday” celebrations that come beforehand in the form of Mardi Gras celebrations, popularized by New Orleans tradition. But thankfully, you don’t have to travel all the way down to New Orleans to join in the festive folly of Mardi Gras. Many surrounding locales are incorporating the event into special community fellowship opportunities.

Though Mardi Gras officially falls on March 4, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, The Elks Lodge, located on N. George Street in York, is starting things a little early with a Mardi Gras party tonight, March 1. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the party will rock on until 10 p.m. tonight. The menu will include jambalaya, baked chicken and much more. After the courses and desserts are dished out, enjoy music from Spring Garden Festive 8. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more details, call 717-848-2785.

If you’re out and about on Tuesday morning looking for something to do before your hearty evening supper, perhaps you’d like to sweeten up your morning at the Historical Society Museum and Library, on Market Street in York. Renowned for its tradition of offering free donuts every Fat Tuesday, this year is no exception. So stop on by and enjoy these treats from the York County Heritage Trust Auxiliary while also receiving a history lesson behind these treats you love so well. For more information, call 717-848-1587.

Mardi Gras celebrations will continue on throughout the coming week. If you’re looking to tuck into some delicious food along with games, costumes and all the Mardi Gras merriment, then head on over Bay City Restaurant, on Eisenhower Drive in Hanover, for a Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, March 8. As its “inaugural” Mardi Gras Gala, the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce and its French Quarter Sponsor—Northwest Savings Bank, will host this event to benefit Main Street Hanover. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. with a cost of $60 a person or $100 per couple. Enjoy sumptuous food, live music from the Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band, table games and much more! Guests are encouraged to wear a costume in order to be eligible to be named King or Queen of the ball. For more details or to purchase tickets, call 717-636-6130 or visit www.hanoverchamber.com.

Which ever way you plan on celebrating Mardi Gras, know that there are options to have a good ole’ time locally. Be sure to check out your favorite area restaurants and wineries to see what specials may be offered up on Tuesday!