Mardi Gras 2017
23rd Annual
Saturday, February 25th
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

(Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner served from 6-8 pm, Cash Bar)

Tickets: $30 ($35 at the door — CASH ONLY — if tickets are still available)
Call Lorraine Cloutier at (401) 762-9072 or

Slippery Sneakers

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)


Emceed by Jeff Gamache


Mixed Greens Melange with Dressing Buffet

Artisan Breads & Whipped Butter
French Meat Pie
Beef Burgundy
Seafood Jambalaya
New Orleans Mini Muffalettas
Whipped Yukon Potatoes
Southern Fried Okra
Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Coffee (Regular And De-Caf)

The Hall ... awaiting Mardi Gras revelers


Will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6-8 pm

at River Falls

Market Square, Woonsocket, RI

Our Queen Contestants are now selling
raffle tickets
to benefit this year's Mardi Gras Raffle

King Jace contest sponsored by Dave Richards of WOON Radio
Dave Richards, WOON RadioWOON Radio

Clues to King Jace XXIII's Identity

1. Prefers the serenity of the ocean to large noisy crowds.

2. Rejects escargot for a simple chicken dinner.

3. Earned a bachelor's degree, but is now a family man.

4. Loves the excitement of travel, dislikes the routine of a daily schedule.

5. Is frequently on the run.

6. Has a way with words.

7. Has been honored in the past.

8. Has many friends who are veterans.

9. Is a local boy, but his work is known far and wide.

10. Listens well.

Click on ONRADIOWOONSOCKET and see the clues and pictures.


Read the clues well.

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
Edward Hunt • 2016 • Tammy Lamberto Roy

Current and Previous Queens in Attendance at Mardi Gras 2016: (Front: left to right) Linda Trudeau 2010, Jackie Boudreau 2012, Tammy Lamberto Roy 2016, Irene Blais 2009, Monique Noel 2008, (Back: left to right) Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard 2000, Tracey Parenteau 2015, Suzanne Beaulieu 2001, Nancy Phillips 2007

  Mardi Gras Committee

Connie Anderson#

Romeo Berthiaume
Irene Blais*

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

David Graham
Michelle Colette Graham
Clara L’Heureux
Ray Nolan
Madeleine Riendeau

Patrick Ryan

Marianne Valentin

Brenda Viscione

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




Our Sponsors

(click on logo or link to visit our sponsors' websites)


Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Soucy Insurance Agency
362 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI

Romeo & Diane Berthiaume
Uxbridge, MA

Careau Investment Group
68 Cumberland Street, Suite 202, Woonsocket, RI, (401) 765-8880

Cercle Laurier
165 East School Street, Woonsocket, RI

Club Lafayette
Club Lafayette
289 Aylsworth Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Conway Tours
10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI


Senator Marc A. Cote


Richard R. Lepine Financial Advisors
2140 Mendon Road, Suite 202, Cumberland, RI 02864
Telephone: (401) 475-3508 • (888) 920-3232


Milford Federal Savings & Loan

Milford Federal Savings & Loan
246 Main Street, Milford, MA


Gifts and Gift Certificates

Cardi's Furniture
with locations in Rhode Island (South Kingstown, West Warwick),
Massachusetts (Braintree, Hyannis, South Attleboro, Swansea)

Carmella's Coiffures
643 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI



Sharon Charette
North Smithfield, RI

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI


Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery

200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI

Read about the great time we had for Mardi Gras 2015!


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.