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Mardi Gras Party 2/16/21 7pm on Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont with Hotel Vermont with support provided by the Vermont Family Network, UVM Medical Center and others. The event will be broadcast as a livestream on the Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page on 2/16/21 starting at 7pm. More info at mark.sustic@gmail.com

Mardi Gras from Burlington, Vermont ON Fat Tuesday, featuring music sets pre-recorded specifically for this event by musicians from Louisiana, Vermont and beyond. Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, reflecting the practice of the last night of partying, dancing and eating food before the ritual fasting on Ash Wednesday. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in many countries around the world. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to some of the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of revelers every year. The evening will include music for dancing or listening from over 20 of the most popular Cajun and Creole musicians in Louisiana and the genre’s devotees in Vermont and the Northeast.

Over 20 musicians are making contributions, from their homes to yours.  Music segments will feature John Abair, Ball and Chain, Easy Street Bayou, Cajun Hobos, Michael and David Doucet, Alec Ellsworth, Courtney Granger, David Greely, Cannon Labrie, Petite Mango Jam, Bob Naess and Antje Ruppert, the Steve Riley Family Band, the Savoy Family Band, Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones, Wilson Savoy, Pete and Linda Simoneaux, Katie Trautz, Cedric Watson, Jacob Weiss, Rafe Wolman and Alyssa Bauer, and others.

Speakers will include Dr. Lewis First and Dr. Alan Homans from the UVM Medical Centner, Dr. Brad Freisen from Timberland Pediatrics and Pam McCarthy from Vermont Family Network.

All segments are suitable for dancing, each segment featuring a waltz/slow tune and a 2-step/faster tune. Turn the music up, roll up the carpet and have your own dance party with some of the best Mardi Gras dance music you’re find anywhere, at any time.

This event helps support the Tom Sustic Fund, which was established to support a bone marrow transplant, generated through a series of benefit events in 1999 and 2000 featuring a wide variety of performers, including several participating in this year’s event. Anyone making a donation at PayPal.me/YTVermont will be entered in a raffle for a complimentary overnight for 2 at Hotel Vermont. The drawing will be done at the end of the evening on 2/16/21.

After several bone marrow drives and monitoring and searching on registries in North America and Europe, an ideal donor was not located. After Tom’s death, the funds were re-purposed as on-going support for families with children with life-altering conditions at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The Fund is managed and distributed by the Vermont Family Network. Representatives from the UVM Medical Center and the Vermont Family Network with personal connections to Tom’s treatment and medical care, and general use of the Fund, will speak during the evening about the importance of the Fund to children and their families.

More information about Young Tradition Vermont at www.youngtraditionvermont.org or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont.  Donations at PayPal.me/YTVermont or by mail: YTV, PO Box 163, Fairfax, VT 05454.

Photo of the Savoy Family Band

photo collage with screen grab photos from video segments, and some extra stuff……