Athens State University art professor Gail Bergeron and students from her Special Workshop in Sculpture class will hold a Mardi Gras parade in Athens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9. This 5th annual parade will kick off from Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 121 S. Marion Street on the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
The theme for this year’s parade is Artists in Orbit and the Athens State revelers will be in planetary costumes, some with sculpted heads. Activities at the Center for Lifelong Learning will include bead making, face painting, as well as rides available on the Lion’s Club Train.
This year’s parade route is expanded and travels Marion Street two blocks north to Hobbs Street. Then the parade returns down Marion Street to Washington Street. The revelers then march back and forth between Washington and Hobbs Streets in Athens until everyone is exhausted or they run out of beads to throw.
“In Athens we have the most fun, two-block Mardi Gras parade in the world,” said Bergeron. “I am proud that this is our fifth year providing this celebration. It has become an anticipated event and it brings a lot of people downtown.”