Mardi Gras is the last chance for revelry before Lent and almost anything goes. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, refers to the whole carnival season dating back to 1837 when the first street parade took place.
Though St. Peter Catholic Church will not be doing street parades, there will be a “good” time for all at the 21st annual Mardi Gras Ball set for Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the gymnasium at 15th Avenue and State Street.
The theme for the ball, hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society, is “Midnight Masquerade XXI.”
Richard and Linda Richardson, the reigning Mardi Gras king and queen, will crown Houston and Rose Martin for 2014. Tommy Martin and Mary Brentley will be crowned the prince and princess.
Houston Martin is a retired sergeant major from the U.S. Army National Guard. Rose Martin is the principal at Edgewood Elementary School.
Tommy Martin is employed by Tom Fitts Wholesale. Brentley is the director of basic academic services/assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
All of the honorees are being recognized by the parishioners for their dedication and service to the church and the community.
The traditional cuisine of gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and other foods, along with beads, doubloons, medallions, and souvenirs will be available at this festive affair, as well as the traditional line dance.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s educational programs and community activities.
Tickets for the ball are $20 each and may be obtained by contacting Mae Dean Ryles at 870-534-0725.
Rev. Anil Thomas is the pastor and Delois Thomas is the president of the Altar and Rosary Society.