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Mardi Gras is Saturday night

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It’s back — and shaping up to be a party you don’t want to miss!
Saturday, March 1, the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce is reviving the Mardi Gras celebration at the Legion Community Building.
“This is going to be so much fun!” said Holly Wright, who helped get the Chamber on board to revive the Mardi Gras. “We have so many great memories from the Mardi Gras, and this will be a fun way to help the Chamber raise funds and give folks a chance to shake off the long winter before Lent!”
The event will be the Chamber’s annual fundraiser, in place of the Jamboree talent show.
Mardi Gras is a huge costume party to celebrate the last weekend before Lent. It was originally started in 1950 by the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary to help raise funds for equipment and needs of the hospital. Their fundraising efforts went in a different direction during the past 20 some years, so the Chamber hopes to bring back some of that old magic.
The event is open to both spectators and those in costume, with everyone who enters getting Mardi Gras beads to wear during the evening. The doors open at 7:30, and those in costume must be on the dance floor no later than 9 p.m. for costumes to be judged — however, the earlier costumes are on the floor, the better!
Tickets are available at the Potter County News office and at the door the night of the event. Advance purchase is encouraged so folks won’t be stuck waiting in line to enter.
Members of the community will be honored for their outstanding contributions to Gettysburg with presentation of awards including Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Citizen of the Year. Costume awards will be presented, and the dance will be highlighted with a balloon drop at midnight. Tanya Tunes, led by DJ Tanya Yackley of Onida, will provide music for the evening.
Costume Categories
Chamber Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place winners in 10 categories, so there are lots of chances to show off your creativity for a prize, or just show off for the fun of it!
Categories are: Best Single, Best Couple, Best Group, Most Original, Most Historical, Most Humorous, Most Beautiful, Most Timely, Most Unusual, and Best of Show. The winner in each division will earn $50 in Chamber Cash.
The Chamber has elected to make the Mardi Gras an adult-only event, so guests must be 21 to attend.
The Mardi Gras is a major fundraiser for the organization and money raised goes toward helping Chamber projects. Stop by the Potter County News to pick up your tickets, and get your costumes together for a night of merriment and dancing! If you don’t have a costume, come to watch the show!
For more info or costume ideas contact the Chamber at gburgchamber@venturecomm.net or call 765-2528.

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