Feb. 19, 2004 – "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler", or "Let the Good Times Roll." Any way you say it, it's time for the fourth annual Mardi Gras-New Orleans Style to benefit All Saints Cathedral School.
The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wyndham Sugar Bay with an auction preview and sales and a cocktail hour featuring live steel-pan music and a juggler.
The poster for the event is graced by the artwork of Anthony Pippen, a sixth grader at All Saints Cathedral School.
At 8 p.m. the halls will open and the central event starts: a student dance production, dinner, silent auction, door prizes, dancing to Cool Sessions, and a costume contest, winding up with a Midnight Madness parade. Honor Society students will be hosts and hostesses for the evening.
A New Orleans-style buffet includes oysters on the half shell, boiled whole crawfish, jambalaya, dirty rice, braised greens, vegetarian entrees, salads, King Cake, bourbon bread pudding and refreshments.
Costumes are encouraged, but not required, a release said. Dress as a "Krewe" (a group dressed in one theme or costume), or dress as an individual. Elegant or glitzy dress is also encouraged, and beads and masks will be provided to those under-assessorized. About 10 p.m. group applause will select a bunch of best costumes: Most Mardi Gras spirit, Most original, Funniest, Most tacky, and more.
The silent auction includes: a Caribbean cruise for two, a stay at Caneel Bay, roundtrip tickets to San Juan, roundtrip tickets to St. Croix, stays of three days and two nights at several hotels on three U.S. Virgin Islands, jewelry from several stores, art from a variety of artists, sports memorabilia, and dinners at fine restaurants.
From the costumed group, a King and Queen will be selected to lead the Midnight Madness Parade, which starts at 11:45 p.m.
The "Bourbon Street Sponsor" is FirstBank, major sponsor of the event every year thus far. Diamond Sponsors, several of them parents of All Saints students, include Dr. Sidney Comissiong, Four Points Management LLLP, Dr. Alfred O. Health, John Hancock Insurance, Kenzie Financial Management, Lockhart Foundation, Dr. James Nelson, Dr. Frank Odlum, Dr. Stephen Okiye, St. Thomas Radiology Associates, Theodore Tunick Insurance and Dr. Ruth Watson.
Tickets are available at Draughting Shaft, Petit Pump Room, Silk Greenery, All Saints Cathedral School, and from committee members. Donation is $100 per person, or $900 for a table seating 10.
Come costumed or dressed for fun, food, prizes and winnings, and help All Saints Cathedral School at the same time.
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