Mardi Gras is coming to downtown Donalsonville for the first time. Local organizers are working hard to create a fun-filled family event on Feb. 6, which is the last Saturday before Fat Tuesday. Everyone is invited to come and be part of the fun, which will consist of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras and bead throwing. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.


Second Street will be closed from Wiley Avenue to Woolfork Avenue for the BetterWay The event will begin with an official Mardi Gras welcome and the announcement of the coloring and poster contest winners from students at Seminole County elementary, middle and high school students. Their entries will be displayed at businesses located all over town by Thursday, Feb. 4. Winning entries from each grade will be on display as the artists are recognized and awarded.


A variety of food will be available for purchase at tents along Second Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tables and chairs will be provided for convenience in dining.


Be sure to purchase King cupcakes provided by Bushel and a Peck, Gateway Restaurant and Jo’s Family Restaurant. The King cupcakes will be $2, and some will contain a King Cake baby, so be careful eating them. Those finding a baby in their cupcake will be eligible for the evening’s King and Queen of Mardi Gras selection and receive community gift and shopping packages.


Other events will include:

* Tae Kwon Do performance by James Robinson and his students at 6 p.m.

* Pound Rockout Workout by Brandi Deal

* Giant street games – Corn Hole, Jenga, Connect Four, Checkers, Dice, Yahtzee, Dominos and Tic Tac Toe.

* Face painting

* Mardi Gras decorated parasol and mask parade at 8 p.m.

* Parade award winners and King and Queen of Mardi Gras will be announced following the parade.

* Jazz musician Andy Fariss, from Enterprise, Alabama, will perform New Orleans-style jazz music.