By James Walling
The Courier 

St. Raphael's Mardi Gras Sees Crowds


James Walling/The Courier

Maureen Leech assists with carnival prizes at St. Raphael's on Feb. 26.

Mardi Gras celebrations at St. Raphael's on Feb. 26 were a decided success, according to Director of Faith Formation Jewel Etherington. "We are estimating about 500-600 people attended," she said, adding that the estimate is conservative.

Conservative or otherwise, the numbers are definitely up from the previous year, with crowds of parents and children playing vintage carnival games, buying raffle tickets, and sampling the various foodstuffs for sale.

Etherington expressed gratitude for all the parishioners who helped with the event, and the community generally for the high attendance. Funds raised will be directed to youth programs at the church.

The event began in 1962 and has been a fixture in the community calendar ever since.

To participate in next year's celebrations, contact St. Raphael's Parish at 228-9800.


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