Pontoon boats sporting bright purple, green, and gold flags and banners could be seen cruising from near Americamps Campground to The Pointe on Saturday afternoon for the sixth annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade.
This year, five boats participated in the regatta that started across the lake from Americamps at Charles Ledbetter’s dock. Each boat carried merrymakers from Timbucto, Six Pound Creek, and other local coves, dressed in bright colors, jester hats, and thousands of beads to The Pointe to celebrate in true Mardi Gras fashion.
Partygoers, bundled up for the trip across the lake, said it wasn’t that cold this year, but were happy for the warmth of the tiki bar.
This year’s Mardi Gras king and queen, Tim and Donna Keener, were announced by last year’s king, Dave Hemmingway, and a party decree was made.
The Keeners started this annual event six years ago to break up the monotony between holidays when it seems slow on the lake. According to T. Keener, he never wanted to be king, but reluctantly agreed to keep the crown for 2020 after being nominated after last year’s parade.
The crews completely took over the tiki bar at The Pointe for a few hours, before making their way to their annual fish fry and Mardi Gras feast.
Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, Feb. 25, also known as Fat Tuesday. It is traditionally the last day to enjoy the fattening snacks that are normally given up for Lent.