The 3rd Annual Asbury Park Mardi Gras was a day and night of Mardi Gras fun!
Mardi Gras was back in Asbury Park on February 10th, and so was the Mardi Gras fun. Once again, we had an afternoon filled with creative activities for kids and adults. Music was in the stores and on the street, then over at the Asbury Park Brewery for the big Masquerade Ball. Look at all the fun we had:
Mask Making Fun:
Adults and kids love our yearly mask making project! We gave them a blank mask and they visited fifteen cool businesses around downtown Asbury Park to pick up their free decorations. Add some glue and creativity and you get some of the creations seen here.
Face Painting Fun:
Our artist Raven was back again for free face painting. Hands got painted, too! All ages were invited to show off their Mardi Gras colors.
Young Musicians & Puppets:
Our Masquerade Ball raises funds for the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation. Part of their mission is to support young musicians through college scholarships, blues in the schools, and youth jams. A few of those talented young people performed during our mask making. There was puppet entertainment as well.
Thanks to all our entertainers! (including Victoria Quartararo, who played at several stores but never got a photo).
Happy Hour Fun:
A new addition this year was Mardi Gras Happy Hour at Taka restaurant. They put a spin on New Orleans cuisine with their own Japanese flair. It was a great way to recharge before heading over to the Masquerade Ball.
Festive Fun at the Masquerade Ball:
This year’s masquerade ball was held at the Asbury Park Brewery. It’s a great place for a party. Guests entered amongst the beer tanks, then danced the night away to the VooDUDES and H.P. and the Hot Take Out Band. We had our annual costume contest, and crowned our new king (Chris from Asbury Park) and queen (Beth from Middletown). Here’s a sampling of the fun:
It was an amazing day and night! See you for the 4th annual, February 2019!