Third Annual Mardi Gras brings the party back to Boblo Island

By Chase Ferguson

Cajun style food, live music, and plenty of masks and beads marked the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras party Saturday night on Boblo Island.

The event is the signature fundraiser of Amherstburg’s Chamber of Commerce, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the House of Shalom Youth Centre.

Shuttle buses carried party goers across the Detroit River to the Boblo Island pavilion from the Wal-Mart parking lot.

A new feature to the event this year was a costume contest that inspired many to show up with wacky masks, glittery face paint, and in true Mardi Gras fashion lots of colourful beads.


Mardi Gras party goers decked out in beads and masks Saturday night on Boblo Island

Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ray Bezaire said he was “very happy” with the event’s turnout and estimated 550 people attended the near sellout night.

“The main goal of the event is to have a great party with good food and music that will keep people coming back each year,” Bezaire said.

The evening is billed as an opportunity for Amherstburg’s business community and the general public to gather together.

The party’s Mardi Gras theme was inspired by the old Boblo dance hall, the massive building that remains an aging relic of the island’s amusement park past. While structural issues kept the event under the island’s pavilion, the idea for a Mardi Gras themed party lived on, according to Bezaire.

Live music for the night was provided by the band Dream Catcher who played both old classics and modern hits.

D’Angelo Estate Winery was set up for the evening offering locally bottled wine to the party goers.  Mike D’Angelo said the event was a great way to interact with the local community and showcase the quality of the region’s wine.

“It’s a great way to get our name out there,” D’Angelo said. “It’s a great local event that we can provide a locally produced wine to.”

This was the second year the D’Angelo Estate Winery supplied to the Mardi Gras party.

The 3rd annual event attracted many return visitors.  Amherstburg resident Annette Jones was attending for her second year with her husband.

“It’s nice to get out and see the scenery on the island,” Jones said.  “Good food and good entertainment make it a fun night.”

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