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YOUR WEEKEND: Mardi Gras and more


Mardi Gras in New Bedford

SATURDAY, FEB. 25 – Couple of groups taking Mardi Gras as their theme for different events today. MASS ATTACK ROLLER DERBY holds their first annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl throughout downtown New Bedford beginning at 6:30pm at Mary’s Steamed Cheeseburgers on upper Union Street. From there, everybody heads down to the Pour Farm Tavern and then ends the night at Rose Alley Pub. “Support Your Local Roller Derby and Come Meet Our Girl Gang! Beers, beads and fun!,” they write. More info here.

Down on lower Union Street, the YMCA holds their annual Mardi Gras Party for a Cause. The 21+ event happens from 7 – 11:00pm at the Y and features a cash bar, hors d’ourves, and Bourbon Street sounds. The Craig DeMelo band performs with special guest Marcus Monteiro. The $50 ticket price helps support the New Bedford’s YMCA’s membership and programs for those who need a hand.

Winter Warmings Concert

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 – Enjoy a civilized afternoon of Winter Warmings Music courtesy of the Friends of the New Bedford Public Library and Whaling City Sounds. “An afternoon of Chamber Music will be performed in a charming historic house at 78 Orchard Street, NB,” they write. The event will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. “Two (2) accomplished Chamber Music artists, Ethan Wood and Megan Koch, will provide a delightful musical experience.” Light refreshments and soup provided by Destination Soups will be served. $20 for members of the Friends and $25 non-members. Reservations are required as seating is limited. For additional information click here; contact to RSVP.

Diana Prince’s Swan Song

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 – LePlace, New Bedford’s only dedicated LGBT nightclub at 20 Kenyon Street in the north end, hosts “The Last Show” tonight beginning at 7:00pm. It’s a tribute to and performance by local drag legend Diana Prince, who is retiring from the scene. $5 cover gets you in to see live singers and drag performers from throughout New England coming to pay tribute to “The Queen.”

A Matter of Place

BONUS: TUESDAY, FEB. 28 –  It’s a movie night with a purpose. Southcoast Fair Housing (257 Union Street) will screen “A Matter of Place,” a film about housing discrimination, tonight at 6:30pm. The 30-minute film connects past struggles of fair housing to contemporary incidents of housing bias based on race, sexual orientation, disability, and source of income. A discussion will follow the film. Find out more here – and more about Southcoast Fair Housing from their website.

Steven Froias