Washington, Mo. – During February and March, people around the world are celebrating Carnival, the festive season before Lent. Mercy is hosting a party to help residents here indulge, too.
“We have a great space, great food and a convenient schedule, so guests can come and go or come and stay all evening,” said Carol Maune, president of Mercy Hospital Washington Auxiliary. “The event is about friendships, food, drinks and celebration.”
The evening will feature Mardi Gras favorites served buffet-style and including jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, beef brisket and Cajun shrimp. The meal will be prepared by some of the same cooks who hosted a similar-themed event in the 1990s as the Blue and Gold Boosters with St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington.
“We’re looking forward to giving our guest a carnivale experience close to home. Plan to come. Dress comfortably. Bring friends. Plan to eat a lot of great food,” said Maune.
Carnival is a centuries old tradition. It is a time for Catholics and others to indulge before they begin the sacrificial season of Lent. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of feasting and the last day of Carnival. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5.
Proceeds from this event will raise needed money for the McAuley Dental Clinic. People who go without routine dental care can face serious infections and pain, leading to emergency care. The McAuley Dental Clinic offers emergency and preventative dental care to the area’s neediest families.
Mercy’s “Carnivale” will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 16, at the Washington Brewery, 108 Busch Ave. Tickets are $75 per person. For tickets and more information, call 636-239-8044. Reservations should be made by February 7.