Have a flipping good time at Mardi Gras

WITH international rhythms, dance and food aplenty, Great Yarmouth's first ever Mardi Gras party should raise a what might otherwise be a flat pancake day.

WITH international rhythms, dance and food aplenty, Great Yarmouth's first ever Mardi Gras party should raise a what might otherwise be a flat pancake day.

Held on Tuesday, February 16 in King Street, the event organised by SeaChange Arts will be a celebration of global traditions and culture, especially from the town's resident Lithuanian and Portuguese communities.

Starting at 3.30pm, the street from St George's Chapel to the junction with York Street will come alive to street bands, dance groups, art workshops, traditional games and cooking demonstrations.

“Its an exciting programme that brings together output from some of SeaChange's recent community arts projects, with professional musicians, artists and local businesses,” said SeaChange chief executive Joe Mackintosh.

There will be live street music, cabaret and dance, as well as Brazilian-style carnival dancers and a Lithuanian custom in which a fat man fights a thin man to represent the passage of the seasons.

With food playing a key role, there should be a flipping good pancake race with French TV chef Franck Pontais and involvement from local cafes.

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Mr Pontais said: “I think it's a wonderful idea - bringing together the community to celebrate culture and food - two topics very close to my heart!”

In the build up to the Mardis Gras, people are invited to work with Jankie D to make carnival heads, wavers, banners, shakers, masks and more. The sessions are free and are tomorrow (January 16) and Saturday, February 6 at Martham Sure Start Centre, 10-4pm.