Mardi Gras is coming to Virginia

Blue Mountain School is bringing Mardi Gras to Floyd, Va.

On March 1 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, BMS will host their fifth annual Tom Ryan Memorial Mardi Gras Costume Ball. This year’s celebration will be housed in the Floyd EcoVillage Celebration Hall. The event is for those 18 years and older.

The fundraiser is a memorial for Tom Ryan, a well known and respected business man from Floyd, Va. The event is being hosted with interest in raising money to send high schoolers to New Orleans for a school trip. There will be live music from musicians such as Kerry Hurley, Hoppie Vaughan, Tome Snediker, Jamiel Allen and George Penn. The music alone is sure to impress.

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Mardi Gras attire. Photo from Google.

When it comes to the food, guests will be able to taste BMS’ culinary arts creations. The students will be lead by Jason Loftus who worked as the lead saucier at the House of Blues. Guests can expect to be won over by the food. If they’re not, they can turn to the drinks sponsored by Buffallo Mountain Kombucha, Parkway Brewing Company and Villa Appalaccia.

What would a school fundraiser be without a silent auction? The auction will include an original Mardi Gras poster by Emily Williamson, a print of the portrait of Tom Ryan by Greg Ward and numerous other contributions.

The costume part of this costume ball has not been forgotten. Prizes will be awarded for the best drag costumes, best rainbow outfit and more. A grand prize of Chef’s Choice for two at Mickey G’s will be awarded to the single best costume.

If you’re worried about finding a babysitter for your kids, you’re in luck! BMS will also be throwing a Kiddy Gras! Teacher Corey Avellar will keep your children entertained and occupied with be a number of activities and treats. The kids will also be allowed to wear costumes; can you say pajama party?

Tickets for both events can be bought online. Tickets for Mardi Gras are $12 online and $15 at the door. Tickets for Kiddy Gras are $12, and must be purchased online ahead of the event.