Countdown to Mardi Gras – Let the Good Times Roll! 

You don’t have to wait until Fat Tuesday to start celebrating Mardi Gras! BAPA, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association and 95th Street Business Association have created Countdown to Mardi Gras, a 19th Ward small business campaign with a carnival spirit. 

Back for a second year, Countdown to Mardi Gras begins on Sat., Jan. 13 and culminates on Mardi Gras, Tues., Feb. 13. Businesses across the community will be letting the good times roll by decorating their store windows in the distinctive purple, green and gold Mardi Gras colors, and/or offering a themed food, drink, or activity for shoppers.  

New this year, customers will be voting for the businesses who offer the “Best of” in four categories: fanciful Mardi Gras window decorations, clever Mardi Gras-inspired activities, delectable New Orleans-style food, and festive Fat Tuesday-worthy beverages.  

Get in on the fun by stopping in local businesses to shop and enjoy the festivities – no passports are needed for this year’s campaign. Participating businesses include Americanos, Fox’s Beverly Pub, Franconello Italian Restaurant, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing, Ken’s on Western, Open Outcry Brewing Co., and Nicky’s of Beverly.

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