Mead Rd. Mardi Gras is a homegrown carnival festival and fundraiser that raises money to fund music and arts grants in the Decatur City schools.
Since 2014, we’ve raised $20,000 that has bought instruments for the Renfroe and Decatur High School band programs.
Choral arrangements for Renfroe and DHS; African drums for the 4/5 Academy; instruments for Glennwood and Westchester Elementary schools and costumes for the DHS Drama program.
This year is our 5th year as fundraiser and our parade is on Saturday, Feb. 10 @ 1pm.
It begins at the 4/5 Academy at Oakview and 5th Ave and ends at The Imperial at W. College and Mead rd.
The festival lasts all afternoon with performances by the Black Sheep Ensemble, Seed & Feed Marching Abominibles, Wasted Potential, the DHS Chorus and cast of “Grease” as well as the FAVE African drum students.
The community is invited to sport the purple, green and gold, grab their beads and masks and come join us for the fun.
Happy Mardi Gras and laissez les bon temps rouler!
One of the first big Decatur events of Spring is here! Mead Road Mardi Gras begins at FAVE tomorrow at 1p and takes the following route…
Organizers are asking that parade participants arrive at 4/5 Academy at 11:30. As previously stated, the parade starts at 1p and ends a roudy time later at The Imperial at the corner of Mead Rd and W. College Ave.
As you know, we’re a walking parade and anyone is welcome to form a Krewe and comemarch with us. In fact, the more the merrier. Our only rule is we don’t have cars in or trucks in the parade. But people can ride bikes, scooters or skateboards. Or they can organize creative dance teams… As long as it doesn’t have a motor, it’s good to go!
4) We will have a kids area with food, games and facepainting at Mead Rd. Park
This past fall the Decatur Education Foundation funded grants were used to buy costumes for the DHS drama program, equipment for the DHS Chorus, choral music arrangments for Renfroe and to start a Euphonium fund for the Renfroe band.
Thanks again for all of your support and we hope to see you there!
Save the Date: Saturday (Samdi Gras) February 6, 2016!
The fun begins at Fifth Avenue Elementary on Oakview Road @ at 12:00 pm. There will be face painting and float decorating and general merrymaking. Beads will be provided and costuming is encouraged!
The parade steps off at 2pm and we’ll march up Oakview to Mead Road then on to The Imperial, at the corner of Mead and West College.
The Imperial will feature a special menu of red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo and jambalaya. There will also be student musicians rocking the house. Proceeds from food and beer sales will support Decatur Education Foundation music grants for the Decatur City Schools.
And here’s an update on the festivities from organizer Emily Berg…
We have 20+ Krewes marching with us.
Dr. David Dude is our Big Chief (Grand Marshall) and Deb Baumgarten is our Queen.
Mayor Patti Garrett, Chantelle Rytter (Beltline parade founder) and Vincent Lewis (Mayor of Mead Rd.) are our parade judges and we’ll have prizes for the Best School Krewe, Best Krewe, Best Float Design, Best Decorate Bike or Scooter and Best Costumes.
There will be face-painting and games for the kids at The Imperial, live music by The Aerials, Rock by Bock student musicians, Scofflaw and The Black Sheep Ensemble.