Brookhaven events frame Mardi Gras
Locals looking to celebrate Mardi Gras without traveling to events outside the area can find the magic of New Orleans Jackson Square with its painters, musicians and street performers in downtown Brookhaven this month.
The annual Downtown Jazzed Up will feature loads of family fun and entertainment on Whitworth and Railroad Avenues, in railroad park and in the municipal parking lot from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 26.
The event sponsored by the Lincoln County-Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce (LCBCC) Tourism Council the weekend before Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 1, will help frame the actual date of the celebration with the Goin To Town Car Show the following weekend on March 4 and 5.
There will be no parade, but the fully outdoors festivities will feature live music, bounce houses and face painting for the kids and much more, including plenty of beads, to assure a Mardi Gras experience for all visitors. Restaurants will offer specials and there will be sidewalk sales. Event organizers are still accepting registrations from people and organizations with contributions that will add to the Mardi Gras ambiance.
The entertainment lineup for the event is:
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Kelsey Smith & Maddie Brabham
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- Jason Nix, Steve Fee & American Idol winner Trent Harmon
6 p.m. -- Everyday People Band
The car show on March 4 and 5 is also sponsored by the Tourism Council in partnership with Fielder's Pro Shop. Last year's car show featured more than 250 vehicles displayed on downtown Brookhaven streets with owners ready to engage in conversations about their entries.
Car show entry forms are available from LCBCC. The pre-entry fee is $10 and day-of-show entry fee is $15. For out-of-town entrants, the Holiday Inn Express is offering special rates. Call (601)-833-1411.
A third major Tourism Council event during 2022 is Girl's Night Out on June 16, when Brookhaven merchants will offer shopping specials to women of all ages who purchase participation tickets.