BRISTOL - â€śBourbon, beads and lots of funâ€ť await at the Carousel Museumâ€™s Mardi Gras party Saturday, says Morgan Urgo, the museumâ€™s assistant manager.
The 29th annual New Orleans-style party will run from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. It will take place in the ballroom of the museum at 95 Riverside Ave.
Included will be a catered dinner, a bourbon and wine tasting in the museumâ€™s speakeasy, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, dancing and a DJ from the Hartford Ballroom. Partygoers are welcome to bring their own beverages.
The Carousel Museum will crown a king and queen. Also on hand will be a tarot card reader, balloon twisting and magic, temporary tattoos, and face painting by Ashley Lodovico of Bristol.
â€śThis definitely isnâ€™t just another a stuffy fundraiser,â€ť said Urgo. â€śItâ€™s a pretty wild time. Last year, we sold more than 190 tickets. Weâ€™ll have people from Bristol, Hartford, Naugatuck and all over the state. Recently, TripSavvy actually named our Mardi Gras the number 4 place to visit for Mardi Gras in New England.â€ť
The catered dinner is being provided by South Side Meat Market and Black Eyed Sallyâ€™s of Hartford. Nuchieâ€™s of Bristol and Ascot Catering of Wethersfield will be providing appetizers.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have a lot of great food this year,â€ť said Urgo.
Urgo said the Mardi Gras event has received a â€śton of supportâ€ť from local businesses. They have provided many silent auction items, ranging from a two-month gym membership at Ascension Athletics to pet care baskets and menâ€™s grooming baskets.
Dancing will take place in the ballroom. Beads and doubloons will be given out.
Attendees are encouraged to wear an optional mask or come in full costume. Visitors can purchase masks in the museum gift shop.
Tickets are $50 for non-museum members and $45 for members.
For more information, or to donate to the silent auction, call Urgo at 860-585-5411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.