Marietta First Friday event

It may be nearly 1,000 miles from New Orleans, but Marietta will be giving a Mardi Gras vibe on Friday night, as downtown businesses give away beads, welcome musicians and keep the lights on late.

The theme for Marietta Main Street’s third First Fridays event is Mardis Gras After Party, with Washington State Community College serving as the co-host for the event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

“Everyone is really having fun with this theme,” said Cristie Thomas, executive director of Marietta Main Street.

“Shops have been decorating and they’ll all have their own events. There will be musicians stationed throughout downtown.”

While the 100 tickets for Mardis Crawl–during which participants visit five downtown bars and receive drink specials– have sold out, there is still plenty more to celebrate, said organizers.

There will be food, sales, give-a-ways, glow necklaces and face painting at various merchants. There will be a pop-up LuLa Roe boutique in a vacant space, a photo booth will be set up at Twisted Sisters, 197 Front St., and at Teri Ann’s, 290 Front St. there will be free 10-minute chair massages given by WSCC Massage Therapy students.

It’s one of many Washington State Community College tie-ins for the evening.

Downtown shoppers will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of four $500 scholarships to the college.

In order to win, participants must make a $5 donation to Marietta Main Street, said Thomas. In return, they will get a downtown guide. If they hand in the guide at the end of the evening, they will be entered in the drawing.

“These scholarships are something we’re really excited about,” said Thomas.

Sponsoring a First Fridays event shows the spirit of those at the college, said President Bradley Ebersole, in a press release.

“It is great to work with Marietta Main Street and the merchants as we all continue to build the energy for a vibrant downtown,” he said.

New for Friday’s event is free child care offered by the Betsey Mills Club, said Thomas.

From 6 to 8 p.m. any child from age 2 to grade five can be dropped off for an evening of food and activities while their parents enjoy the downtown festivities.

“They’re going to be doing this for all the First Fridays,” said Thomas. “It’s a really nice addition.”

If you go

– What: First Fridays event: Mardis Gras After Party theme.

– When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

– Where: Downtown Marietta.

Source: Marietta Main Street.


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