2013-05-31 / Community

Mardi Gras Kicks Off In Broad Channel

By Dan Guarino


Residents gathered at the BCAC Memorial in Broad Channel for the official start of Mardi Gras. Photos by Dan Guarino. Residents gathered at the BCAC Memorial in Broad Channel for the official start of Mardi Gras. Photos by Dan Guarino. Summer got underway in Broad Channel with the official start of Mardi Gras, a community tradition for more than 100 years. There was face painting, hot dogs, hamburgers, impromptu field games, bouncy rides, music and fun as the Broad Channel Athletic Association hosted a Mardi Gras Kickoff Party at the BCAC Memorial Field on Sunday, May 26th.

Children and adults enjoyed the brisk, but sunny day and the chance to relax and enjoy the company of friends, family and neighbors. The event also provided the opportunity for those interested to sign up to vie for Mardi Gras’ Mayor, King and Queen, Best Block, etc. Channel residents in each category will compete in a summer long marathon of activities to see who can raise the most charitable donations.

Previous year’s fundraisers have included barbecues, weekly dinner deliveries, family fun fairs, block sales and even returnable bottle collections.


Face painting and fun were the order of the day on Sunday, May 26th. Face painting and fun were the order of the day on Sunday, May 26th. This year all funds will go to support the BCAC and its programs.

Each year it alternates with the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department as the focus of community fundraising activity.

Said one resident at the Field, “It’s great to see this.

“It’s great to see people having fun. It’s great to see Broad Channel coming back.”

The BC Mardi Gras started in the early 1900’s to raise money to build the island’s firehouse, still in use today, and support its fire brigade.



Neighbors, friends and family mixed, mingled, and enjoyed the day at the Mardi Gras Kick Off Party. Neighbors, friends and family mixed, mingled, and enjoyed the day at the Mardi Gras Kick Off Party.


Kids kicked off their shoes and had a great time on the rides! Kids kicked off their shoes and had a great time on the rides!

Some played pick up ball games on the field, others relaxed in the bleachers. Some played pick up ball games on the field, others relaxed in the bleachers.

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