Although it has simmered down over the years, Mardi Gras continues to be a fun few days of music, especially later in the evenings on Friday and Saturday when there are more people, dinner specials and an assortment of live music — everything from blues and rock to jam band and old-school rock and roll.
“If you are tired of looking outside at the snow and want to go out and have some fun, a visit to Williamsport’s Mardi Gras this weekend is a must,” said Jason Fink, executive vice president of the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. “Mardi Gras gives the winter weary people in the area a chance to get out, let their hair down — if they still have hair — enjoy some great music and just relax and have a good time.”
About 12 to 15 restaurants and bars in the downtown area, from the Peter Herdic House to 33 East and points east and west, will take part in the weekend celebrations with many offering a variety of Cajun-inspired dishes and menus.
There will be a gumbo cookoff at participating establishments.
In addition, many bars and dinning venues will be entering one of their employees into the King or Queen Mardi Gras contest with proceeds from the contest going to a regional charity.
Free trolley rides with River Valley Transit will be offered Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m.; making convenient stops central to the celebration every 10 minutes. There will also be free rides home with River Valley Transit to all regular bus stops in the Greater Williamsport area from midnight until 2 a.m. departing from the Transit Center on Pine Street.
For more information on Williamsport’s Mardi Gras, visit www.williamsport.com.