The Downtown Penticton Association is hosting a farewell to summer Mardi Gras-style event in the 200 block of Martin Street on Aug. 30. (Submitted photo)

Mardi Gras-style party in Penticton to say farewell to summer

Mardi Gras on Martin Street is being oriented slightly more toward adults than children

Say farewell to summer with a Mardi Gras-style street party in downtown Penticton.

“Martin Street’s 200 block is the perfect venue to have a big farewell to summer street party,” said Lynn Allin, executive director, Downtown Epenticton Association, in a news release. “When we proposed hosting a party on Martin Street, the fabulous food and beverage establishments that are part of Penticton’s evolving downtown entertainment district said they’d love to have a decadent Mardi Gras style event. It sounds like wonderful fun so it’s full steam ahead.”

Set for Friday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m., Mardi Gras on Martin Street is being oriented slightly more toward adults than children.

“Of course families are welcome to come and enjoy the free live music and food, but there won’t be bouncy castles and traditional kid-friendly activities,” said Allin. “There will be a beverage garden featuring Slackwater Brewing and staffed by JCI Penticton, plus other tastings from Martin Street businesses will be available up and down the street. We’re also delighted to have a face painter coming to paint masquerade masks on guests.”

READ MORE: Slackwater Brewing officially opens in Penticton

The DPA has also ordered 100 fancy tie-on masks that are available for advance sale at their downtown office for $5. If any masks are left on Aug. 30, they’ll be sold (cash only) at the DPA tent during the event.

Local rock band Jack and Jill is scheduled to play for the evening; they’ll cover some of rock’s best classic tunes.

“Every time Jack and Jill performs at an event the audience loves them – can’t get enough. They are truly one of Penticton’s favourite bands. They always get folks dancing and singing in the street,” said Allin.

The list of activities is still being finalized but there will be inflatable jousting for older teens and adults, hennas and glitter tattoos, a selfie photo booth, a stilt-walking juggler, a variety of games and much more. As details continue to come together they’ll be posted on the event Facebook page and DPA website at

“We think this will be a unique and fun way to end the DPA’s summer event season. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in masks and beads and having a terrific time dancing in the street,” said Allin.

The 200 block of Martin Street will be closed to motorized traffic on Aug. 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. for the event. Towing of vehicles will be in effect so please be sure to move parked vehicles prior to the road closure.

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