The second annual Mardi Gras Festival promises to be full of tradition.

Authentic music, libations, food and costumes will have attendees thinking the Key Peninsula Civic Center is in the middle of the French Quarter.

According to a civic center press release, organizers say this year’s Feb. 21 festival will feature Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience along with the Kim Archer Band.

Murph’s BBQ will be dishing up ampleàla carte New Orleans fare to include Louisiana hot sausage, dirty rice (chicken/pork/vegetarian) and seafood gumbo ––topped off with cake.

Dinner and no-host beverage service begins at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m, and the party goes until 11 p.m. This is a 21-plus age event.

Lavish costumes will again be the mode-o-day –– rented and homemade –– with a king and queen crowned for their best costumes between 8:30 and 9 p.m. They will receive an assortment of gifts before leading the traditional dancing parade throughout the venue, then proceed to the upper promenade and throw beads to their subjects.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance purchase are available online at and locally at Blend Wine Shop, Key Peninsula Civic Center, and Sunnycrest Nursery in Key Center.

For information, call (253) 884-3456.

Source: KP Civic Center