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HdG Mardi Gras Starts Early in 2014

Restaurants and a MasquerAid ball get the party started this week.

Mardi Gras comes to Havre de Grace on March 4. (Credit: Piedmont Patch)
Mardi Gras comes to Havre de Grace on March 4. (Credit: Piedmont Patch)

Next week, the city of Havre de Grace is throwing its annual Mardi Gras parade but until then, restaurant patrons can get a taste of New Orleans on menus around town, according to the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism.

The Bayou, Coakley's Pub, Laurrapin Grille, MacGregor's Restaurant, Tidewater Grille and the Vandiver Inn are running specials from Feb. 25 to March 4, the tourism office reports.

Bulle Rock and the Havre de Grace Opera House Foundation are sponsoring the first annual "MasquerAid Ball" which will benefit the opera house renovation project. Tickets are $75, available online or in the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The ball will take place at the Vandiver Inn from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

On Monday March 3, the Vandiver Inn will host a Mardi Gras-themed “Fat Monday Supper Club” with Lily’s famous gumbo, spicy shrimp, cheesy grits, potato salad and bananas foster.

On March 4—or Fat Tuesday—a parade will roll through the Main Street district, filled with costumed characters and a host of beads. Local businesses and artisans have created floats, which will proceed from Bourbon Street to Washington Street onto St. John Street.

"It is amazing to see time and creativity that is put into the floats. They get better each year..." Brigitte Peters, Havre de Grace marketing and tourism manager, said. The city of Havre de Grace is sponsoring the parade, in conjunction with the Havre de Grace Recreation Committee.

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. A Shrove Tuesday dinner will be served at the Methodist Church on Congress Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m.

Various restaurants and bars will have specials and music after the parade.

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