2013-05-17 / Community

BC Mardi Gras Kick Off Coming

By Dan Guarino


Broad Channel children dressed up for Mardi Gras and pulling their own float, circa 1953. Photo courtesy of Michele Bradford/Melis Bradford Broad Channel children dressed up for Mardi Gras and pulling their own float, circa 1953. Photo courtesy of Michele Bradford/Melis Bradford On Sunday, May 26th, at 2 p.m. the Broad Channel Athletic Association will host a Mardi Gras Kickoff Party at the BCAC Memorial Field of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

Says BCAC’s Jack Allen, “Come join us to celebrate the start of summer and a great Broad Channel tradition.

“We will have pickup family softball and volleyball games, a bouncy house and slide for the kids, cotton candy and face painting as well as music and other activities for the whole family,” noted Allen.

“Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be for sale.

“We will also be accepting contestants for all Mardi Gras committees, (such as for) Mayor, Babyface, Best Block and so on.

“Hope to see you at the field!”

The Broad Channel Mardi Gras is a fundraising tradition that stretches back more than 100 years. Residents host various activities throughout the summer, competing to raise the most donations for the community.

Funds are raised alternately for the BCAC and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department each year.

The original BC Mardi Gras was initiated to raise money to build the island’s firehouse, which is still standing and in use today.

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