Friday, February 23, 2001

Giving up nudity for Lent? Ky. touts dry T-shirt contest

Watered-down Mardi Gras lacks parade

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Last year's rowdy Mardi Gras in MainStrasse prompted this weekend's party to move indoors, inspiring new activities, such as bobbing for live crawfish and a dry T-shirt contest.

[photo] No, you won't see floats like this, from last year's Mardi Gras celebration. Public nudity influenced a parade ban for 2001.
(Enquirer file photo)
| ZOOM |
        “We want to be known as a family establishment,” said Shanean Thorpe, promotions and marketing manager for Jillian's. “You can just put on a dry T-shirt and tie it up. Whoever looks the best in it can win $1,000.”

        At 6 a.m. today, Jillian's will kick off what officials boast is “the world's largest Mardi Gras party this side of New Orleans.” For $5, celebrants can enjoy a breakfast buffet from 6 to 10 a.m.

MainStrasse Entertainment Association Mardi Gras
   When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. pub crawl today and Saturday at the Cock and Bull English Pub, Mulligan's, The Village Pub, Chez Nora, Tracy's, Willie's Sports Cafe, Pachinko, Cosmo's and Strasse Haus.
   Jillian's holds its own indoor Mardi Gras party with a live broadcast featuring WEBN's Dawn Patrol and breakfast buffet from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. Other events run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. today and Saturday.
    Cost: $10 per night buys a wristband to the nine bars and restaurants.
    Jillian's also sells wristbands for $10 after 6 p.m. each night, but allows Saturday revelers still wearing a Friday band to be admitted free.
   Where: Covington's MainStrasse Village; B&B Riverboats at Covington Landing also is offering special Mardi Gras cruises featuring happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Cajun food and a performance by Robin Lacy & DeZydeco.
    Special features: Beads, costumes, hurricanes and a variety of live entertainment.
   Southbank Shuttle will transport revelers to Jillian's every 15 minutes, with stops at the Kenton County parking garage at Third Street and Madison Avenue, the parking lot at Fifth and Bakewell streets, the Embassy Suites garage and the Marriott, all in Covington; and Riverboat Row and Fourth and Columbia streets in Newport.
        Tonight, party-goers can sample Cajun food, live music and plenty of beads within the 86,000 square-foot complex at 1200 Jillian's Way. It continues from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

        Nearby, nine bars and restaurants in Covington's MainStrasse Village are offering a Mardi Gras pub crawl tonight and Saturday.

        Throughout the MainStrasse Village, some of the shops — especially those selling beads — will extend their hours tonight and Saturday.

        “It's going to be a little different than last year, but it'll still be a lot of fun,” said Tammy Morgan of the Strasse Haus.

        Last year's Mardi Gras celebration, complete with two parades, attracted a record 60,000 revelers — triple the usual number — and prompted complaints about trash, public nudity, underage drinking and public urination.

        By moving the party indoors, participating establishments hope to control the crowds better, organizers said.

        For $10 a night, party-goers can get into nine bars and restaurants.

Nursing homes fighting to keep funds
Heart transplant program might stop
Home's sweet in Norwood
Blackwell ponders job offer
Family learns letter signed by Washington a real steal
Light rail called boon to economy
RADEL: Sky-high fares Maybe it's time for a new airport
WELLS: Child support
Bearded man admits holdups
Cinergy teams up in anti-pollution effort
Agents swoop down on Covington
Covington faces drug trade
Task force formed to battle illicit 'Oxy' trade
AIDS agency's donations seized
Bill would require hearing before sewer rates go up
Environmentalists, Chabot in league
Farm tradition alive
Five Lakota school buses in accidents
- Giving up nudity for Lent? Ky. touts dry T-shirt contest
'Hero' inspires runner
In case of emergency, county will call you
3 locals accused of gun running
Lucas pushes Rx drug benefits
New tower to aid police
Runway study is in the mail
Students need not redo work
Teen faces lengthy prison term for slaying
Tobacco growers vote to keep quota system
Wrong checks add to agency's support payment troubles
Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report