Yes, Mardi Gras usually falls on a Tuesday in February, but Pentictonites like to be unconventional at times and do things their own way. And a Mardi Gras-inspired street party to say farewell to summer is just too fun to pass up.
“Martin Street’s 200 block is the perfect venue to have a big farewell-to-summer street party,” said Lynn Allin, executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association.
“When we proposed hosting a party on Martin Street, the fabulous food and beverage establishments that are part of Penticton’s evolving downtown entertainment district said they’d love to have a decadent Mardi Gras style event. It sounds like wonderful fun, so it’s full steam ahead.”
Set for Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., Mardi Gras on Martin Street is being oriented slightly more toward adults than children.
“Of course families are welcome to come and enjoy the free live music and food, but there won’t be bouncy castles and traditional kid-friendly activities,” said Allin.
“There will be a beverage garden featuring Slackwater Brewing and staffed by JCI Penticton, plus other tastings from Martin Street businesses will be available up and down the street.
“We’re also delighted to have a face painter coming to paint masquerade masks on guests.”
The DPA has also ordered 100 fancy tie-on masks that are available for advance sale at its downtown office for $5. If any masks are left on Aug. 30, they’ll be sold (cash only) at the DPA tent during the event.
Local rock band Jack and Jill is scheduled to play for the evening; they’ll cover some of rock’s best classic tunes.
“Every time Jack and Jill performs at an event the audience loves them — can’t get enough. They are truly one of Penticton’s favourite bands. They always get folks dancing and singing in the street,” said Allin.
The list of activities is still being finalized but there will also be inflatable jousting for older teens and adults, hennas and glitter tattoos, a selfie photo booth, a stilt-walking juggler, and variety of games and much more.
As details continue to come together they’ll be posted on the event Facebook page and DPA website.
“We think this will be a unique and fun way to end the DPA’s summer event season. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in masks and beads and having a terrific time dancing in the street,” said Allin.
Motorists should note the 200 block of Martin Street will be closed to motorized traffic on Aug. 30 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm for the event. Vehicles will be towed if left parked on the street during the time in question.