“Laissez les bons temps rouler” is a Cajun French phrase that is translated from the English expression “Let the good times roll.”. The Bell County Historical Society’s charitable gaming hall in Middlesboro will be celebrating Mardi Gras and invites everyone to join in on the festivities on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. They are located at 1904 Cumberland Avenue and will be open from 5 until 11 p.m.
Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The celebration may be the most popular time of year for visiting the city of New Orleans, but today, Mardi Gras festivities are observed across the country and around the world.
“Mark Twain once said one hasn’t seen America until you’ve seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but since most of us aren’t making that trip, or at least not this year maybe, we thought we would host our own little Fat Tuesday celebration here in Middlesboro,” said BCHS Charitable Gaming Chairperson, William Tribell. “Food and music, fun and games and colorful beads, it’s a sensory experience, an evening for lighthearted amusement and revelry.”
BCHS Charitable Gaming will be having special raffles for various prizes throughout the day, including large bundles of pull-tab game tickets and a 50-inch television. Winners do not need to be present to win. Door prizes will be awarded every hour between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be offered throughout the evening.
As is tradition for Fat Tuesday, a King Cake(s) will be cut and served to players sometime during the evening. Anyone who receives the baby doll(s) hidden within this confectionery delight will receive a special gift basket.
All winners at the electronic gaming machines will receive free T-shirts or bottle koozies, and beads and parade coins will be “tossed” to everyone. Staying in theme, Zydeco and Mardi Gras music will set the background all evening.
Local recording artist Brandon Fulson will be performing tracks from his latest CD titled “Dark Side of the Mountain” and others at 7 p.m.
“Brandon is a great local talent, and one of our favorite performers,” said Tribell. “We are quite excited to have him performing. I think his songs will add a wonderful bit of local flavor to the evenings theme and festivities.”
BCHS Charitable Gaming’s business hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. For updates, raffles and event schedules visit their Facebook page, Bell County Historical Society Charitable Gaming.
The BCHS Museum is located at 207 North 20th Street and visitors are welcomed to take a free tour. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. You can find the museum online at www.bellcountyhistorical.com and on Facebook.