On February 20th and 21st, 2009 Tybeefest will present the first Mardi Gras celebration on Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee is a natural setting for the Mardi Gras event due to its unique character and fun-loving residents.
The event will encompass the traditions of Mardi Gras, an event with origins dating back to the ancient Romans and carried on today in cities such as Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras is held on the last day before the start of Lent.
Tybee will be dressed in an array of purple, gold and green flags depicting the Tybee Island Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras Tybee will include a Fantasy Masquerade Ball on Friday, February 20th at 8pm, hosted by Fannies on the Beach. The King and Queen of the event will be chosen at the Fantasy Masquerade Ball by costume contest and bring your best looking cocktail cup for the Best Krewe Cup Contest. On Saturday, there will be a parade at 3pm down Butler Avenue and a street party with music and festivities on Tybrisa Street. Attendees will be able to taste Traditional King Cakes, listen to authentic Zydeco music featuring Brad Randell and the Zydeco Ballers, Buddy Kosic’s New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Band and Bottles and Cans. Admission to the street party and parade viewing is free. Tickets will be available online for purchase to attend the Fantasy Masquerade Ball.
“This will no doubt grow into another successful event equal to the Tybee Island Pirate Fest and provide what people have come to expect from Tybeefest—a fun high quality event. With Tybee only 20 minutes from Savannah and with more people planning trips within the range of a tank of gas, Mardi Gras Tybee will be a good boost for the Tybee Island economy” said Ross Howard, President of Tybeefest.
Anyone interested in learning more about the event and how to establish your own Krewe for Mardi Gras Tybee should visit www.mardigrastybee.com.