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YOU’RE INVITED: KREWE OF HELIOS-AZ MARDI GRAS PARTY & PARADE, PART 7

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LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ! It’s Mardi Gras time!
Come one, come all to the Seventh Annual Krewe of Helios-Arizona Mardi Gras Parade and Party!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
4PM – 11PM
Pat and Stacy World Headquarters
24952 N. 74th Place
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Now most of you have been to one of our six previous adventures and already have the hang of how to celebrate Mardi Gras with the professionals from Louisiana. (Rule 1: don’t take off your clothes. SERIOUSLY. Do NOT take off your clothes.) But since many of you are NOT from the Pelican State and only have drunken recollections from college friends and “Girls Gone Wild-New Orleans” videos to go by, we’ve included the following handy guidelines for how to celebrate Mardi Gras the Krewe of Helios-Arizona way, aka – how you can get fed, fill up on hurricanes, avoid choking on plastic babies, score lots of beads and survive with your liver intact (though slightly compromised). Please read on for the wholesome goodness, aka What can you bring?

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SAVE THE DATE: Krewe of Helios-AZ Mardi Gras Parade & Party – February 21, 2009

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If today is the Epiphany, then Carnival Season is upon us… and that can only mean one thing:
1) You have no idea what I’m talking about (so you can go ahead and skip this entry)
2) You’re not Catholic (and neither are we)
3) You’ve had a hankering for a hurricane for the last three days, which means…
THE 7th ANNUAL KREWE OF HELIOS-ARIZONA MARDI GRAS PARADE AND PARTY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
Yes, it’s already been a year, so your livers and taste buds should be back in working order in time for the onslaught of olfactory pain known as Pat and Stacy’s Krewe of Helios-Arizona Gumbo, our authentic Louisiana red beans and rice, real Pat O’Brien’s Hurricanes (limit 2), true Sicilian muffalettas, and new this year, the redneck rampage known as Gene’s Garlic Cheese Grits (with jalapenos and bacon)… and who can forget the legendary Mardi Gras king cake shipped direct from New Orleans to hop your kids up on so much sugar you could have just as easily given them Red Bull with espresso chasers.
Come one, come all, come get as close as you can to the Big Easy without having to disrobe on public streets while little old ladies elbow you to grab trinkets worth less than a penny a piece. We’ll have advice on how to celebrate Mardi Gras in a later posting – for now, we just want to get on your dance card:
WHAT: KREWE OF HELIOS-ARIZONA MARDI GRAS PARADE AND PARTY
WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009 from 4 PM* to 11 PM
WHERE: PAT AND STACY WORLD HEADQUARTERS ~ 24952 N. 74th PLACE, SCOTTSDALE, 85255
WHY: Because you need to celebrate Mardi Gras with the professionals.
*The parade will step off at 4; if you miss it, you likely won’t get fed and won’t catch any beads.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Stacy and Patrick Bertinelli
Krewe of Helios-Arizona
Captains and Co-Founders

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (aside from December 9, which is National Day of Celebration for the Birth of Stacy Feducia – mark your calendars). And on this Thanksgiving morning, I awoke to the sound of raindrops at my window – football weather in the desert – and I realized that I have so much to be thankful for on this grateful day…

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You’re Invited: Krewe of Helios-AZ Mardi Gras Parade, Part VI

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Loosen up those bead-grabbing muscles and start training your tastebuds for pain: The Krewe of Helios-Arizona Mardi Gras Parade and Party is upon us! King Ryan and Queen Cynde Cerf Dehmer invite you to join us for the VIth Annual Mardi Gras in Arizona Extravaganza! – ONLY THE BEST FREE PARTY YOU CAN ATTEND THIS STOOPID BOWL WEEKEND (and we don’t lie, it’s the best party… ever)
Krewe of Helios-Arizona Mardi Gras Parade and Party VI
Saturday, February 2, 2008 (Yes, we know it’s the day before the Super Bowl and the Saturday of the FBR Open – it’s not our fault those idiots can’t consult a calendar and figure out when Mardi Gras is)
3 PM – 11 PM (or until Stacy gets tired and cranky and kicks everyone out!)
AND WHEN WE SAY 3 PM, WE AREN’T KIDDING. THE PARADE WILL START AT 3, SO TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN LINE, ARRIVE EARLIER, like say, around 2:30 PM (But please, don’t stay later)
Krewe of Helios-AZ World Headquarters
24952 N. 74th Place, Scottsdale AZ 85255
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For those of you who’ve been there before but whose memories have been wiped out by our fearsome Hurricanes… or for those of you who’ve never been there before, but want to act like you have: Please read the jump for handy traffic tips / alternate routes, parking advice, parade etiquette, dress codes, and arcane pieces of Mardi Gras trivia that might just save your life!

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Save the Day before the Stupid Bowl: Krewe of Helios-AZ Part VI

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As if the calendar weren’t crowded enough already, please mark yours for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – yes, the day before the Stupid Bowl – for the KREWE OF HELIOS-ARIZONA MARDI GRAS PARADE AND PARTY, VI!!!
(We figured we’d start listing the years in Roman numerals since we’re coinciding with the Stupid Bowl – but for those of you who never made it through Latin, VI means 6, or ‘six’ as the case may be.)
For those of you who don’t live in Scottsdale and haven’t been bombarded by the Stupid Bowl Countdown (T-minus 59 days {LIX} and counting, as of this posting), the highlight of your weekend (that would be our party) coincides with the busiest day at the Phoenix Open Golf Extravaganza (only V miles to the south) and a flurry of surgically enhanced Official Stupid Bowl parties (which cost upwards of $CC per ticket and to which you’re probably not invited anyway – imagine that, 200 = 2 C-notes!)
So come party with people who know how to have a good time (and won’t require you to meet a dress code – we just require you to REMAIN clothed)
THE KREWE OF HELIOS-ARIZONA (the only official Mardi Gras Parading Organization in Arizona)
HEREBY OFFICIALLY INVITES YOU AND YOURS (and yes, your kids – but sadly, not your dogs)
TO PARTY LIKE (aunts-by-marriage-of) ROCK STARS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2008
3 PM – 10 PM (or whenever we kick your butt out – isn’t VII hours enough time to consume free food and beer? And, yes, we’re starting earlier this year, to accommodate for Phoenix Open traffic, and we will be publishing alternate routes, but we’re too lazy to do it right now)
AT THE KREWE OF HELIOS-ARIZONA WORLD HEADQUARTERS
24952 N. 74TH PLACE
SCOTTSDALE AZ 85255 (google map to come later – or look it up yourself)
And please, don’t blame our MMVIII King and Queen of Mardi Gras – the honorable Ryan and Cynde Cerf Dehmer – they had nothing to do with the scheduling. Sadly, Van Halen was not willing to alter their tour schedule to accommodate a better, non-Stupid-Bowl-Weekend date for us (and no, they’re not playing the party – Uncle Pat will be on tour with them during the more appropriate and less crowded, more desired date of January XXVI! Sorry about that…)
Come on out, drink some beer, PARTICIPATE IN THE NEW-FOR-MMVIII ADULT PINATA (no, it’s not X-rated, you just have to be XXI to play), eat some AMAZING gumbo (that has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show), drink more beer, eat more gumbo, catch REAL MARDI GRAS BEADS (PLEASE, don’t take off your clothes), and participate in our parade (if, and only if, you arrive early because it doesn’t take that long to drive VI cars around a cul de sac).
We’ll have more details as it gets closer – we just wanted our name on your dance card!
Laissez les bon temps roulez,
Pat and Stacy Bertinelli
Founders and Captains, Krewe of Helios-Arizona