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It's Mardi Gras 2014 in Downtown Williamsport Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st with the Downtown Hospitality Group, The City of Williamsport, River Valley Transit, Bud Light, Van Campen Motors, Jim Beam, Cruzan Rum and Backyard Broadcasting! 

Visit each club and vote for the king or queen of Mardi Gras. Proceeds benefit non-profit charities!

Plus enjoy great food, Jim Beam, Cruzan Rum and Bud Light specials all weekend long with lots of live entertainment!

There will be a Hurricane drink contest and Bud Light prize pack registration on Friday, a gumbo cookoff on Saturday!

Enjoy a family friendly masquerade parade and fireworks display Saturday night!

The parade starts at 6pm in front of Franco’s Lounge. Get your face painted before the masquerade parade! Each establishment will be in the parade along with their king and queen nominees, WILQ, WBZD and WZXR staff, Uptown Music Collective, the Grand Marshall Matt Showers, and Turning Pointe School of Ballet dancers.

After the parade there will be a coronation of the king or queen of Mardi Gras, and finally check out the fireworks display in the area of City Hall.

For more details, contact Maria at 570.971.6833 about the masquerade parade. 




The Kiwanis Club of Williamsport will be hosting a casino night, Friday, February 28th 6:30-9pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel to kick off Mardi Gras. $20.00 advance tickets or $25 at the door include admission, funny money and hor d'oeuvres. Chinese auction. Free DJ after the event at 9pm in 4th Street.

Entertainment line up for Mardi Gras weekend:

Friday - DJ Corey Bauer

Saturday - Acoustic duet, Vendredi Swing

DJ John Finn

Band: Trick Stacy

Queen nominee is Annie Magara

Special room rates for the dates of Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st of $79.95 based on double occupancy for traditional rooms. Hotel keys are safer than car keys.

A four course meal for $15.00 with choice of entree: -chicken gumbo with andouille sausage or beef jambalaya comes with sides, an appetizer, soup, and dessert.

Charity: Uptown Music Collective.


We are raising money to help Benefit THE UPTOWN MUSIC COLLECTIVE...

Come check out Live Preformances from The Collective every Saturday night 9-11pm

Also Brunch with Uptown Music on Sunday, February 23rd

We are raising money for the Lycoming County Youth Lacrosse League, to help them buy equipment/Helmets

Rib Night Wednesdays will be "Hosted by the Lacrosse Kids" throughout Febuary

Live Music every Friday and Saturday nights benefits the "Helmet Fund"

Cajun Food Specials & $2 Bud Light Drafts All Weekend!

Friday, February 28th

$4.00 Hurricanes Happy Hour Special


Pure Cane Sugar


Saturday, March 1st

Gumbo Cook-off with Mi Swacco



Miz Ida and the Allnighters


Andrew McDonald will be running for King this year.  His charity is Project Save a Heart which is a charity created by his cousin, Lynda Hatches, a 43 year old woman with a congenital heart condition that she has had since birth.  She is currently having life threatening issues, and is in need of severe medical assistance which entails a complete valve replacement.  She has no medical insurance, she is not eligible for state financial aid, and can not obtain insurance with her current medical condition.  Project Save a Heart is a charity which Lynda created, not only for herself, but for others who have heart condition problems who are also in need of help paying for medical bills and medication.


Andouille & Chicken Gumbo

Cajun Pork Eggrolls


Blackened Catfish

Creole Pork Medallions




Pond Scum Shots


Friday February, 28th - (9PM-Close) - FREE SHOW!!!

The Ameros (Post Cave / Pre-Apocalyptic Rock)

“The Ameros from Albany, New York has a catalog that transitions across several styles. They are as capable of busting into the soundspace with a big, gritty guitar under a rap explosion as they are to deliver something folk or southern rock. Name Your Price for Freedom is a melodic blues rock anthem fit for the end of an arena set, while several other pieces are evocative of 60s singer songwriterbands. Sometimes the sound is undeniably funk. They incite and move. Their songs are present and political.”
- Melissa L. Walker, Utica Music and Arts Festival

The Ameros are a rock, reggae, hip-hop, and funk powerhouse, that combine three part harmony, intricate guitar work, and incendiary leads to take the audience on a journey that spans several genres. 

Their influences include:
Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Dispatch, Sublime, Jurassic 5, Dream Theater, Lynryd Skynryd, CSNY, Days of the New, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Bob Marley, Rage Against the Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Saturday March, 1st - (9PM-Close) - FREE SHOW!!!

Eugene Beauty, local favorite prog rock band, 9pm - 11pm
Native Maze, a Jam/progressive dance/reggae band, 11:30pm - 2am

Queen nominee - Giavana Daniele

raising money for The Lime Project supporting the children of the garbage dump community in Honduras

Entertainment schedule: 

Saturday, Feb 22;

Lonnie Gamble / Smooth Groove @ 9:30 / $5 donation

Thursday, Feb 27;

Mal Scoppa & John Shively

Acoustic originals/classics

@ 9:30 / $5 donation

Friday, Feb 28;

Maitland & friends!

Acoustic originals/classics

@9:30 / $5 donation

Saturday, Mar 1;

Mike Cashera / Family Ties!

@ 9:30 / $5 donation

Saturday, Mar 8;

Miss Melanie & Valley Rats!

Sexy rhythm & blues!

@ 9:30 / $5 donation

Booths reserved @ $20 for two or four people!

Franco's will be featuring our Cajun & Creole menu starting Tuesday feb18- Fat Tuesday mar4!! 

Stay tuned for details!

Cajun and Creole cuisine for lunch and dinner starting Tuesday, Feb. 25th through Fat Tuesday.

Food features include:

Crab Cakes

Homemade Andouille Sausage

Freddie's Famous Gumbo

Crawfish Mac & Cheese

Alligator Stew

Enjoy a family friendly masquerade parade and fireworks display Saturday night!

The parade starts at 6pm in front of Franco’s Lounge. Get your face painted before the masquerade parade! Each establishment will be in the parade along with their king and queen nominees, WILQ, WBZD and WZXR staff, Uptown Music Collective, the Grand Marshall Matt Showers, and Turning Pointe School of Ballet dancers.

Friday, February 28th
Live music by Jason Thomas & DJ GDubbz No cover til 10:00pm and only a $1.00 cover after that!
Imbibe Hurricane on special
$3.00 Shocktop Aluminum Bottles
Saturday, March 1st
DJ Colt
Live Mardi Gras Entertainment
No cover til 10:00pm

Charity: Lttle League Challenger's League
Saturday night "Keystone Sca Exchange" will be playing 10pm-12am
Our Gumbo cookoff is sponsored by. Spartan Thru Tubbing, Pilot and Precision
Raw Oysters with a Chipotle Lime Mignonette $11
Chicken Andouille Gumbo $7 ($4 cup)
Fried Oyster Po Boy with Lettuce, Onion, Tomato, Remoulade Sauce on an Amorosa Roll  $12
Grilled Filet Mignon with a Smoked Jalapeno Grit Cake, Bacon Braised Collard Greens, and
 Crawfish Hollandaise    $36
Seafood Etoufee (Shrimp, Lobster, Jumbo Lump Crab) 
over Steamed White Rice  $24
Cajun Catfish with Creole Crawfish Sauce, Red Beans
 and Rice  $18

Dinner served both evenings
Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday
cover: $5.00
Friday night band
Moxie & Rebel
Saturday night band
Doug McMinn Blues Band
Serving our full menu in addition to the following features:
Andouille sausage jambalaya
Shrimp Jambalaya
Drunken mussels
Rumrunner's crab dip & crab pretzels
Coconut shrimp
Steamed shrimp
Key lime shrimp
Black beans & rice
Key lime pie

Mardi Gras King: Wyatt Decker -- Charity is Operation Smile
Friday 2.28.14
Mardi Gras Kick-Off Party
Performing / Hosted by Chanel West Coast (Host of MTVs Rediculousness & Fantasy Factory)
1/2 off everything 8-10pm
No Cover before 10pm
Doors open at 8pm
Saturday 3.1.14
Mardi Gras Party
2 bands: Emily's Toybox & Gas Station Disco
DJ Licious
$5 Hurricane Pitchers
Doors open at 9pm
Saturday, March 1st Bands
All Else Fails
Steal the Sky


Come enjoy a classic Creole feast at the Herdic in honor of Mardi Gras. This is some of our favorite food of the winter—spicy, soulful and satisfying—and not to be missed! 
Menu for Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1
At the bar:
Classic Sazeracs with Bulleit rye, absinthe and creole bitters
Herdicanes with fresh-squeezed OJ and housemade grenadine
In the dining room:
Cow-A-Hen chicken and sausage gumbo
Cajun-barbecued shrimp with dirty rice
Grilled ribeye Tchoupitoulas—cajun-rubbed with currant demiglace and crispy onions
Creole sole meuniere with local sweet corn maque choux and spiced pecans
Bananas Foster prepared at your table, with homemade vanilla bean ice cream
Friday: we'll be shucking and serving oysters on the half shell, with WXPI Community Radio DJs spinning delta blues, soul and zydeco
Saturday afternoon: Fete de Gumbo—the Herdic House is opening from 12-4 pm as a special fundraiser for our Mardi Gras charity, WXPI Community Radio. WXPI volunteers will be serving nothing but gumbo—Liz's excellent Cow-A-Hen chicken and sausage gumbo, with rice and french bread. A bowl of gumbo is $10 and all proceeds benefit WXPI—plus we'll have cajun music, drink specials and a rockin' good time... 
Saturday evening: WXPI Community Radio sponsors Terry Wild and his Dixie Playboys, from 7:30-10:30. Call now to book a table near the band, or drop in for a drink and stay for a little zydeco dancing...