Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Third Annual Northside Mardi Gras

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Third Annual Northside Mardi Gras

Article excerpt

Outside the red door to the Allegheny Elks Club, two of Cheryl Capezzuti's shimmering puppets dance to the quiet street sounds of a Tuesday night in February. Open the red door, and the brass and drums of big band music pour out, setting the mood for revelers draped in shiny beads and feather boas, their eyes shadowed by glittery masks.

The line for jambalaya and shrimp po' boys runs to the back of the wood-paneled room. In time, Jack "Johnny Angel" Hunt calls 2016 Northside Mardi Gras King Rick Sebak to the stage to pass over his beads, scepter and crown to his 2017 successor, Randy Gilson of local Randyland fame. As the crowd cheers and cameras flash, Mr. Sebak reluctantly allows Mr. Gilson to pry the crown from his head, and the start of the 2017 Northside Mardi Gras is officially proclaimed. …

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