Friday night, some ninety or so folks were already at The City Laundry in New Bern, NC when our party arrived from New Bern Grand Marina. Eight of us had started a pre-party on board Happy-Girl. Six of us continued at The City Laundry facility.
The event was a good value. Each attendee contributed $10 to the overhead. Food, beverages, and deserts were abundant.
AND THEN IT WAS Saturday afternoon in the community of Ghent within New Bern. The Ghent subdivision was started in 1912. The Ghent name comes from the New Bern-Ghent Railway Company which operated a trolley system there between the years of 1913-1929. A vestige of the track is in front of Tryon Palace.
A number of musicians performed along Spencer Avenue before the parade. Brew 99 sold cups of beer. Yard sale style tables were set up in places. Even a food truck set up five blocks west of the start.
The parade route was west bound beginning in the 1400 block of Spencer Avenue. Leading the parade was a vintage Chrysler Imperial which transported the Mardi Gras King and Queen.
In many ways, the New Bern Mardi Gras Parade is similar to the Oak Island Christmas Parade in that it has a true small town flavor offering insight into its local culture.
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