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Expanded Mardi Gras Results in $8,000 for Community Projects


Last updated 6/26/2019 at 1:51pm

Mardi Gras officers present $3,000 check to Circle of Friends Ministry

The Lake Wales Mardi Gras committee is celebrating its best year ever, with the expanded event resulting in $8,000 in donations for community projects.

Committee Vice President Denny Wittman said the 2019 Mardi Gras drew an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 parade watchers. The festival, which was moved to Lake Wailes Park, attracted between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees Friday night and an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 on Saturday.

"Moving the Festival to the Lake was a huge success with all positive feedback that we heard," Wittman said. "It also opened the festival up to families and more people. The pr...

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