Mardi Gras on Martin bids farewell to summer

By Brennan Phillips

Western News Staff

Summer is nearly over, and to celebrate, Penticton held its own mini-Mardi Gras on Martin Street.

The 200-block was closed down for the party, with a stage set up for local band Jack and Jill to rock the crowd.

Keeping with the theme, some locals came with masks of their own, while others picked up some from the Downtown Penticton Association’s booth. There were plenty of beads being given out too, with singer Mandy Cole tossing some out to the best dancers in the crowd.

The Slackwater Brewing beverage garden was packed through the party, and the True North jousting arena had many waiting for a turn to take a knock at their friends or family. Inspire Circus also lent a hand to the festivities, with a stiltwalker juggling with the crowd and giving really high fives.

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Other businesses along the block had their own booths out, whether with food or with beverage samples, from Tug’s Taphouse and the Pasta Factory, to City Centre Fitness.

The music was the highlight of the party, with the dance floor filled with a steady stream of people, and a thick crowd gathered around them to sing along or cheer the dancers and band.

This was the first Mardi Gras on Martin, and with the turnout, probably not the last.

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