Bristol museum set to cut loose for Mardi Gras

Published on Monday, 25 February 2019 21:23


BRISTOL - “Bourbon, beads and lots of fun” await at the Carousel Museum’s Mardi Gras party Saturday, says Morgan Urgo, the museum’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 museum’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.

“This definitely isn’t just another a stuffy fundraiser,” said Urgo. “It’s a pretty wild time. Last year, we sold more than 190 tickets. We’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.”

The catered dinner is being provided by South Side Meat Market and Black Eyed Sally’s of Hartford. Nuchie’s of Bristol and Ascot Catering of Wethersfield will be providing appetizers.

“We’re going to have a lot of great food this year,” said Urgo.

Urgo said the Mardi Gras event has received a “ton of support” 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 men’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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Monday, 25 February 2019 21:23. Updated: Monday, 25 February 2019 21:25.