The fourth annual Bowdon Mardi Gras will bring New Orleans flair and flavors to Carroll County while its organizers raise funds for the Main Street Program.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 10 this year at RSVP. Main Street Director Jan Gibbs said Bowdon Mardi Gras has become a signature event for the community and draws people from beyond the state and county lines.
The Dixieland Jazz Band and New Orleans cuisine are two of the highlights of the event.
“It has grown every year and it may be Main Street’s major fundraiser but it has become more than that,” Gibbs said. “It’s also a time that we recognize our Main Street sponsors and the merchants of downtown Bowdon.”
The Main Street Board is looking into several projects in the future and any net funds its receives from the fundraiser will be used to benefit the downtown area.
There are still a few storefront spaces available in Bowdon and she hopes to see those spaces occupied soon.
“We have a new business that will be opening very soon and we hope some other folks will consider coming,” she said. “The spirit of the people is a great thing about Bowdon. I grew up here and the people are really the best part. Our motto says we are a friendly people and that’s true. We have some really great merchants downtown and being so close to Alabama and a few miles off Interstate 20, it really is a great location for people who want to shop without the big crowds and that kind of thing.”
Boutiques and restaurants are among the businesses on Main Street and some of those merchants have offered their stores as Mardi Gras ticket hubs. Among them are Bowdon City Hall, Auto Supply, Bowdon Animal Hospital, Bank of North Georgia Bowdon, Cover Me Southern and Chestnut Ridge.