Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Mardi Gras for a Cause event in support of Backpack Snack Attack could not be held on it’s traditional date, the Tuesday before Lent, at locations in Warwick.
However, the Mardi Gras Planning Committee has just announced that this year the ninth annual Mardi Gras for a Cause celebration will be a music festival on Sunday, June 13, hosted by Blue Arrow Farm, 86 Glenwood Road in Pine Island.
What to expect
The committee reports that the festive family event from noon to 6 p.m. will feature four of the Warwick area’s hottest and most popular bands and music performers: Emish, OC5, Dark Horses and Uncle Shoehorn.
There also will be craft vendors and family friendly activities including a Farm Animal Sanctuary, Magic Forest, Dinosaurs, Pirate Ship, ButterFly Garden, Apiary Demonstration, Train Rides and more.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The $5 admission fee will help support Blue Arrow’s animal rescue efforts.
And once again, the Warwick Mardi Gras will be a fund raiser for Backpack Snack Attack.
The non-profit organization provides nutritional snacks to almost 300 needy school children each week of the school year. The program is run entirely by a group of volunteers and supported by donations and fundraising.
Backpack Snack Attack has no overhead and 100 percent of the donated money goes to food and backpacks for the children.
Nine years ago
Nine years ago, Mardi Gras for a Cause was dreamed up by a group of local musicians from Warwick who wanted to be able to celebrate the arts and the community.
The event was designed to provide a unique and memorable opportunity for people of all ages to come together and enjoy local live music while giving back to the community.
For additional information about this year’s Mardi Gras celebration on June 13 visit http://www.mardigrasforacause.com/ and for information about Backpack Snack Attack visit backpacksnackattack.com.
- Roger Gavan