Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French. Officially kicking off with Carnival on Jan. 6, Epiphany, and running until Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras is a chance to let loose and be free before Ash Wednesday when Catholics sacrifice and fast for Lent. The revelry party has a long history in the US, originating in 1699 near what is now known as New Orleans.

A Teddy in a tutu dances at Goosefoot’s annual Mardi Gras bash Feb. 21, 2023
Measuring up as king of Mardi Gras

South Whidbey’s community had a grand ol’ time celebrating Mardi Gras with abandon, since it is the first one since 2020 when the COVID pandemic shuttered this kind of fun. David Welton caught some of the merriment in these photos. Thank you, Goosefoot, especially Sami Postma and Marion Myszkowski, for all of your organizational magic in making our local Mardi Gras a night to remember.


Masked in a red sequined dress, is a lady enjoying Mardi Gras with a Mohawk-styled gent
Cynthia Kaul and her husband Keith Anderson share a moment on the dance floor
After a COVID break, South Whidbey’s fun Mardi Gras celebration brought folks out in costume to suit their mood. Thank you, Goosefoot for hosting this awesome free tradition for our community

Goosefoot has hosted Mardi Gras parties since 2014.

Ooh baby! A pink boa shakes it loose with its owner at Goosefoot’s 2023 Mardi Gras at Bayview Hall
Who is the man behind the mask and shades?

From Goosefoot’s Facebook Page: Thank you so much to everyone who came out and made it such a fun Mardi Gras to return to! [Thanks to David Welton for his photos.] The incredible music from Janie Cribbs & the T.Rust Band, and a special shout out to @seabiscuitbakery for surprising us with a King Cake!!

Joe Reggiatore and Janie Cribbs rock it with their T. Rust Band at Goosefoot’s Feb. 21 Mardi Gras bash
Beads and bangles and bonhomie reigned at the Feb. 21 Mardi Gras hosted by Goosefoot
Bring on the color, in these dark gray days, Baybee!



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