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Mardi Gras First Friday
Friday, February 1, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll! Can't make the drive to New Orleans this February? We're bringing all of the Cajun culture right to your own backyard with First Friday: Mardi Gras! This exciting event will feature live jazz with local musicians; New Orleans-themed live street art; King Cake with lots of fun prizes; street stations featuring Cajun bites from Harry's; and balcony parties at Union Street Station, complete with beads for the crowds below.
First Friday Passport
Your free First Friday passport can be picked up at the Opera House between Lillian’s Music Store and Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille between 5pm and 10pm. The passport unlocks specials at over 35 downtown bars and restaurants!
Purchase a VIP wristband for $25 to get free food, drinks, carriage rides, raffle entry, valet parking and more! Stop at any of the designated VIP locations and get treated like First Friday royalty.
We will be accepting new and gently used children's books to be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County.
With over 35 participating businesses, First Friday is Gainesville's largest happy hour! Businesses include Sharab Lounge, Vellos Brickstreet Grill, Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille, The Gelato Company, Dragonfly, Rockey's, Emiliano's Cafe, Tall Paul’s Brew House, Misty Edge Carriage Rides, Maude’s, Hippodrome Theatre, Lillian’s Music Store, Mark’s Prime, Main Street Bar & Billiards, Sweet Mel’s, Liquid Ginger, Clockwork Studios, Relish, The Midnight, and more!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Carey Meldon, Attorney at Law
Alter Ego Fitness
Gainesville Downtown Owners & Tenants
Pledge 5 Foundation
The Independent Florida Alligator
Alter Ego Fitness
The Pledge 5 Foundation is a non-profit organization that organizes charity drives for other non-profit organizations.
Throughout the year Pledge 5 conducts food, clothing, toy, blood, pet adoption and public service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives Pledge 5 hosts extraordinary promotional events that assist in inspiring people to give back to their community.
The Pledge 5 Foundation staff, interns, student association and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community.
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