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Mardi Gras Returns to the Key! 2nd Annual Key Peninsula Mardi Gras Music Festival

On February 21st, the second annual Mardi Gras Festival promises to be full of tradition. Authentic music, libations, food, and costumes will have you thinking the Key Peninsula Civic Center is in the middle of the French Quarter! This year’s festival will feature Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience along with the always exciting Kim Archer Band. Murph’s BBQ will be dishing up AMPLE à la carte New Orleans fare to include Louisiana Hot Sausage, Dirty Rice (chicken/pork/vegetarian), and Seafood Gumbo – topped off with a nice piece of King Cake! Dinner and no host beverage service begins at 6 PM (doors open), music starts at 7 PM, and the party goes until 11 PM. This is a 21+ event.

Our amazing opening act is Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience. Allen hails from Lafayette, Louisiana and is now based in Seattle. He brings with him joie de vivre, or the joy of life, and the sounds and images of that Acadian tradition which filled his world as a boy in Lafayette. He is the third generation of his family to play this music, embarking on a lifelong journey to master the accordion. The Louisiana Experience is HOT! Bring your dancing shoes – so you can throw them in the corner!

Lavish costumes will again be the mode-o-day – rented and homemade - with a King and Queen crowned for their BEST costumes between 8:30 and 9:00 PM. They will receive an assortment of gifts before leading the traditional dancing parade throughout the venue, then proceed to the upper promenade and throw beads to their subjects.

The Kim Archer Band returns to be our illustrious headliner of the evening, and will take the stage after the crowning of the King and Queen. They were voted "Best Band" in the Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers Poll, and have a huge following here on the Key. Archer and her top notch band with their heavy soul sound are welcomed with open arms every time they perform. "We are really looking forward to returning to Mardi Gras on the Key! People show up in full costume, ready to dance and celebrate. That is our kind of party!"

This party is ON!

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance purchase online at, and locally at Blend Wine Shop, Key Peninsula Civic Center, and Sunnycrest Nursery in Key Center. Doors open at 6 PM; dinner service between 6-8:00 PM, music starts at 7:00.

Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: Allstar Guitar, 3110 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA. (253) 853-5610 Blend Wine Shop, 8914 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay, WA. (253) 884-9688 Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road Kp N, Vaughn, WA. (253) 884-3456 Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral, 9004 Key Peninsula Hwy N #B, Lakebay, WA. (253) 884-3937

Net proceeds benefit the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association (KPCCA).

About Us:

The KPCCA is a 501(c)3 private, non-profit organization, located in Vaughn, WA. Since 1956, the through its facility and the effort of its members, fosters and promotes the civic, social, cultural and general well-being of the Key Peninsula community. Tenants and non-profit groups enjoy discounted rates to help meet their needs for serving the local community. Individuals also find the civic center an affordable option for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, skate parties and other events. We believe that better community programs make better citizens, and better citizens make a better community in which to live.


Holly Hendrick, Marketing & Facilities Coordinator

Key Peninsula Civic Center Association

PO Box 82, Vaughn, WA 98394