Mardi Gras 2016
22nd Annual!
Saturday, February 6th
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street,Woonsocket, RI

Live music by

Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train



Slippery Sneakers
(Zydeco, Blues & Soul, Cajun Waltzes)
Jeff GamacheEmceed by Jeff Gamache


Mixed Greens Melange with Dressing Buffet

Artisan Breads & Whipped Butter
French Meat Pies
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Old Fashioned Creamy Grits
Red Beans & Rice
Southern Style Collard Greens with Ham
Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Coffee (Regular And De-Caf)


Previous Kings & Queens


1954 •

Pauline (Nadeau) Miller

1955 •

Maureen (Mazzarella) Kennedy

1956 •

Beverly (DiCesare) Russell

1957 •

Pauline (Gagnon) Riendeau

1958 •

Rita (Laliberte) Nadeau

1959 •

Claire (Paul) Lafrance

1988 •

Michelle (Lefort) Wheeler

Owen Bebeau

•1995 •

Gloria Jean Roy

Roger Nault

• 1996 •

Paula Rezendes

Al Auclair

• 1997 •

Roxanne Menard

Leo Fontaine

• 1998 •

Dianna Glassey

Roger Jalette

• 1999 •

Donna Gallant

Ken Bianchi

• 2000 •

Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard

Noel Pincince

• 2001 •

Suzanne Beaulieu

Dave Richards

• 2002 •

Lorraine Jacob

Roger Petit

• 2003 •

Stacey (McCutcheon) Fitzsimmons

Roger Bouchard

• 2004 •

Roberta Baillargeon

Tom Ward

• 2005 •

Joyce Laperle

Brian Blais

• 2006 •

Lorraine Guilbault

Marcel Desroches

• 2007 •

Nancy Phillips

Ray Gaboury

• 2008 •

Monique Noel

Steve Moreau

• 2009 •

Irene Blais

Thomas S. Carey

• 2010 •

Linda Trudeau
Barry Mechanic
• 2011 •
Amanda Corriveault
William D. Schneck Jr.
• 2012 •
Jackie Boudreau
John Gregory
• 2013 •
Sandy Paul
Bob Phillips • 2014 • Sheylon Lawson
Paul Shatraw • 2015 • Tracey Parenteau

Previous Queens in Attendance at Mardi Gras 2015:
(left to right) Irene Blais 2009, Lorraine Jacob 2002, Suzanne Beaulieu 2001, Jackie Boudreau 2012, Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard 2000, Nancy Phillips 2007

  Mardi Gras Committee

Jackie Boudreau#
Rene Boudreau#

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais*

Sharon Charette
Lorraine Cloutier
Paul Collette
Marlene Gagnon*
Joan R. Gahan

Mariana Hadady
Monique Jean
Clara L’Heureux
Ray Nolan

Patrick Ryan

Marianne Valentin

Brenda Viscione

*Committee Co-Chairs
#Queen's Contest Co-Chairs





Robert Graves Leonard of Slippery Sneakers
Many of the traditions of Mardi Gras have their roots in a Roman festival called the Saturnalia which celebrated the end of winter and the coming of spring. Over time, and with the spread of Christianity, the festival became a final binge of feasting and self-indulgence before the sacrifice of Lent. In 17th century Paris, the celebration came to be known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday – a way for Christians to fatten up before the long Lenten season.

Mardi Gras 2007French settlers brought their traditions to Louisiana in 1766. By 1857, New Orleans began to develop its own traditions of masked balls, organized parades, and “throws” (favors such as beads, doubloons, and cups thrown from parade floats). In 1872, the King of Mardi Gras selected the celebration’s official colors of purple, green, and gold. The colors’ meanings were defined as justice (purple), faith (green), and power (gold) in 1892.

In 1954, the Mardi Gras tradition was started in Woonsocket by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The four days of festivities earned the celebration the title of “Mardi Gras of the North.” The Jaycees’ involvement in Mardi Gras gave our king his name – King Jace.

Since 1995, the NRICA and the Mardi Gras Committee, with the invaluable help of our sponsors, have worked hard to bring the authentic feel and the fun of a traditional Mardi Gras celebration to Woonsocket.