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BCAC To Spike Mardi Gras?

BCAC To Spike Mardi Gras?

BCAC To Spike Mardi Gras?

A shot from last years last year’s Mardi Gras Parade.A shot from last years last year’s Mardi Gras Parade.

The Broad Channel Mardi Gras, a long running end-of-summer-event, will not be held this year unless a team of volunteers quickly comes forward to take the reins, according to organizers from the BCAC.

"Everybody is tired and it’s time for new blood," said Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC) volunteer Margaret Wagner. "We need the next generation to step up and get active."

Wagner said, with just about six weeks remaining before Labor Day, that there are no volunteers, no Mardi Gras Committee and no permit filed for the event.

"I don’t see it happening," said BCAC President John Hanning. A meeting on Thursday August 7 is probably the last chance for people to step up to the plate, he said. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the BCAC football field.

"We’re begging for people to get involved," said volunteer Martin Feeney who also seemed sure that this would be the first year in perhaps three decades without the celebration.

Feeney said a Mardi Gras cancellation would highlight the volunteer shortage that the BCAC faces. According to Hanning, there is just a hand full of volunteers keeping the club going.

"Younger parents have to take over," said Feeney. In September, he said, a "must attend" meeting will be held to address the lack of parent participation.

The BCAC and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) alternate Mardi Gras duties year to year. BCVFD Acting Chief Thomas Larkin said his organization plans to have a Mardi Gras celebration next year.

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