Feb 13 2012

Folly Gras 2012

Did you get a taste of New Orleans last weekend during Folly Beach’s annual Mardi Gras celebration?

From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday Folly River Park came alive with food, drinks, music, and family fun during the aptly named “Folly Gras” celebration.

Every year Folly Beach does its own spin on the traditional feast day that celebrates the last day of the Festival of Carnival by taking it upon itself to enter into a one-day period of over-eating and maybe a little over-drinking before starting a 40-day period of fasting during the Lenten season. While this celebration is Catholic in its roots, it’s safe to say that many people just recognize what it is on the surface: A great excuse to party.

This year, the event featured a parade, food vendors, bands, games, and fun for the whole family.

The parade featured folks dressed up in full-on Mardi Gras apparel, lined up along West Arctic Street by the Tides Hotel. Cars joined in on the parade fun and were decorated fender-to-fender with all kinds of Mardi Gras bling. As always, pets were welcomed to attend in the festivities as long as they came along sporting some beads or other festive garb.

Even after the city’s events ended for the day, the party continued at area bars and restaurants well into the night!

Did you attend this year’s Folly Gras? Share your pictures by uploading them here.

 

 

 

 

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