Join us for the triumphant return of local Mardi Gras favorite Ken Pickard and Zydeco Explosion! Playing new, old, and some very old authentic Zydeco and Cajun music, they promise to have you on your feet from the downbeat.

Don’t forget to come decked out in your best Mardi Gras finery! The evening fun includes a costume contest with prizes for Best in Show, Most Comical, Best Child Costume, and Best Mask. Beads do not count as a costume, but you can grab some free at the door.

Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (the Mardi Gras party call of “let the good times roll”).

Mardi Gras has a long history in the US, with the first New Orleans Mardi Gras parade in 1837. Goosefoot has brought the party to Whidbey Island since 2014. Mardi Gras is actually the culmination of 12 days of celebrations before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, the final of which being “Fat Tuesday.”

Thank you to all our generous local businesses who have donated a prize for this year’s costume contest:

New this year! Chef in the Black Bandana will be set up right next to Bayview Hall selling Mardi Gras specials! From hush puppies to muffalettas to gumbo and shrimp po’ boys, all your NOLA favorites are here! Even if you can’t make the party, be sure to stop by their food booth for a special dinner. Click the image to the right to download the menu.