Thank you to everyone who has contributed items to our silent auction so far! If you have something you would like to donate, please let us know. If you see an item on this list that you absolutely must have, but you are unable to attend Mardi Gras, contact us to see about setting up a bidding proxy.
Thanks to the vision of the late Tom Ryan, Mardi Gras has become an institution in Floyd, and Blue Mountain School’s signature fundraiser.
Crazy costumes, great live music, a comprehensive auction, and awesome prizes all combine to make this the funnest fundraiser this side of the Bayou. Meanwhile, the Kiddy Gras pajama party—held on the same site—allows the whole family to have fun at this 18+ event.
Please join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:30pm - 12:00am in the Celebration Hall at Floyd Eco Village. Tickets are $12 in advance from Republic of Floyd, Blue Mountain Elementary School, Blue Mountain High School, Black Water Loft, Floyd Fitness and online and $15 at the door (if there are any left). For that small price, you'll get a huge party!
For the first time ever, every member of the main band (Lagniappe) this year has previously performed at Mardi Gras. Fronting the band is Kerry Hurley (The Fat Daddy Band), with Hoppie Vaughan (Ministers of Soul) on bass, Tom Snediker (The Kind) on guitar, Jamiel Allen (Alliens) on keys, and George Penn (The Floorboards) on drums. These are some of the finest performers in the region, and every single one of them knows how to get your feet dancing and your body moving. Opening for Lagniappe are local band Time is Art, and Mardi Gras staples and Blue Mountain School alumni Spoon Fight.
Silent auction items this year include Emily Williamson’s original Mardi Gras poster artwork and a print of Greg Ward’s portrait of Tom Ryan, with plenty more to be announced. The host of prizes includes Chef’s Choice for two at Mickey G’s for the best costume and prizes for Best Woman to Man costume, Best Man to Woman costume and Best Rainbow outfit from Floyd PFLAG.
Food and Drink
You could help get a kid to New Orleans simply by eating the great cuisine! Former House of Blues Lead Saucier Jason Loftus is leading the Blue Mountain High School Culinary Arts class in preparing all the food for this year’s event, and all catering proceeds are going towards a trip to New Orleans for the students! And to complement your fine dining experience, enjoy wine from Villa Appalaccia Winery, beer from Parkway Brewing Company, and kombucha from Buffalo Mountain Kombucha.
Kiddy Gras Pajama Party!
The Kiddy Gras children’s party is being run by Blue Mountain School teacher Corey Avellar, and will feature plenty of treats and fun activities. Tickets are $12, available online only.
For more information or for press contacts, please see our event page.
Thank you for your part in making Mardi Gras such a success!
What do we mean by success? The answer is not as simple as it may first appear. Sure, it was a fundraiser, and the point of fundraisers is to raise funds, right? Well, partly - and our initial analysis indicates that we did as good a job as we've ever done at that. But there's so much more to the equation. Here are some of the ways in which we measure success at an event like Mardi Gras:
In every way we can think of, this year's Mardi Gras was a success, and it was in no small part because of you. Thank you!
For the low, low price of $2 you could win one of these great items! Tickets will be available on Saturday night. Buy two, buy ten, but don't forget to get at least one!
Hopefully by now you've heard about the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party, that takes place downstairs in the Celebration Hall at the same time as Mardi Gras on Saturday night from 6:30 to midnight. Here are some things we think you may want to know: