‘Mardi Gras on Main’ party Feb. 22

Fund-raiser for Main Street revitalization to feature pig roast, Zydeco music.

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Yukon 66 Main Street Association board members have started making plans for “Yukon Mardi Gras on Main” set Feb. 22 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore: From left, Shelli Selby, Ashleigh McClung, and Terry Martin, along with Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar

Associate Editor

Yukon will celebrate Mardi Gras next month in grand fashion.

The Yukon 66 Main Street Association will present “Yukon Mardi Gras on Main” from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a cocktail hour.

Theme is “Lagniappe”, which means “a little something extra.”

The Feb. 22nd Mardi Gras celebration will feature a Cochon du Lait (pig roast) with all the traditional trimmings, according to Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis.

“It’s basically a party with a Cajun meal,” Davis said. “We’ll have plenty of masks and beads.

“We’ll also have Zydeco music. We’re looking for some Zydeco dancers to come and dance the night away as well.”

Yukon 66 Main Street Association board members Terry Martin and Linda Ramey are coordinators for the carnival-like festivities.

“This will be a family friendly event – fun for all ages,” Martin said.

At a planning meeting Wednesday afternoon, Martin shared the mouth-watering menu for Yukon Mardi Gras on Main:

Whole roast pig, red beans and rice, shrimp and chicken sausage gumbo, French bread, green salad with “swamp” dressing, and walnut bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert.

There will be soft drinks plus a cash bar provided by Flower Shop Winery at Homestead.

A FUN NIGHT

Yukon 66 Main Street representatives believe the Feb. 22nd event – infused with creole and French charms – promises to be a fun night.

“This will be an introductory to what we’re going to do next year, when we have a full Mardi Gras ball,” Davis said. “We’re just hoping that people come out and have a good time with us.”

Celebrating Mardi Gras is part of Yukon’s “regional heritage” since Oklahoma is not far from New Orleans, La., according to Davis.

Besides being a fun night for participants, Yukon Mardi Gras on Main will support a worthy cause.

“This is something we’re doing to generate revitalization funds,” Davis said. “We need to start raising funds to do some of the things that we need to do.

“We definitely have some public art and beautification (projects) that we’re looking at doing; some sidewalk murals or creative crosswalks that we’ll be working on. Later in the year, we’re going to start raising funds that we’ll use to enhance our lights on Main for the holidays.”

Tickets to Feb. 22nd Yukon Mardi Gras on Main are $25 each, $40 for two and $150 for a table of eight. Tickets are available through the Yukon 66 Main Street Facebook page and at the Yukon Main Street office, 334 Elm.

For more information, call 350-5999 or email mainstreet@cityofyukon.gov