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Published on February 8th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Mardi Gras Parade Will Take Over Flagler Ave on Tuesday

The 6th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 7 p.m. on S. Atlantic Avenue and travel along Flagler Avenue to Pine Street. There were over 40 parade entries this year including 15 floats and the first ever live performance by the OM Bar’s Krewe d’ Buddha’s tribute to New Orleans with “The Saints Go Marching In” leading the parade.

The “Saints” will by represented by West Side NSB Church Choirs from Apostolic Faith Temple, Helping Hands Ministries and Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church who will usher in the OM Bar Krewe d’ Buddha Carnival “REX” or King, 4 Time Grammy Winner Trae Pierce who will be performing live on the float.

This year’s parade is expected to bring in over 15,000 people, and the city is ready for them. They have set up a free park and ride shuttle service to avoid the nightmare of finding a place to park on beachside. Instead, head directly to the parking lot at 160 North Causeway (adjacent to the North Causeway boat ramp). The park and ride will run in 15-minute increments from 5-10 p.m. and will shuttle riders to and from Flagler Avenue.

The parade’s Grand Marshall will be County Commissioner Joyce Cusack, with Former Police Chief Ron Pagano, Former City Commissioner Lynne Plasket reigning as King and Queen.  Flagler’s Court Jesters John & Dell Hostetter will entertain the crowd.  The official “Krewes” participating include: OM Bar’s Krewe d’ Buddha; Peanut’s Krewe of the Mardi Bra and Flagler Tavern’s Krewe d’ Corsaire.

In addition to the parade, which is hosted by The Merchants of Flagler Hospitality Group, Mardi Gras themed food and drink specials will be featured along Flagler Avenue all afternoon and evening, including Live Dixieland Jazz bands, Gumbo, a Crawfish Boil, Hurricanes and more.

After the parade, Trae Pierce will also be performing at the OM Bar & Chill Lounge where they will be filming a live video shoot for their upcoming DVD release.

 

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