Welcome to Marty-Gras
Every year FOR THREE YEARS RUNNING, all the Marty groups
have come together at the same time in the same place
to celebrate Mardi-Gras, Marty style. Hence the name marty-Gras.
Although most of our other martys are to be a mix of party
and meeting, this one is all party as you can see. Outlandish
costumes abound, great pains are taken to make sure the
decor is authentic New Orleans, and the band is picked
with extra special care to rock your socks off.
Nothing is spared in preparation for
this spectacular event. The last two marty-Gras we even
had our own Hollywood style spotlight just so no one would
get lost. People said you could see it 30 miles away and
the revelers were drawn to it like moths to a flame. When
martyers arrived, the movie premier atmosphere primed
them for a good time even before they went inside.
Once inside, all are greeted by the head martyer Dave
Rizer and the Marty Connection Team. Everyone gets beads
of course, and then you are on your own to have as much
fun as you can handle.
Drink & Be Merry
Martyers certainly don't lack for food
and drink. Since it is Marty-Gras, naturally we have to
have authentic New Orlean's style cuisine, thanks to Mike
Van Dee, one of the owners of Jazz, a Louisana Kitchen
and it doesn't get much more authentic than that. The
Jazz is famous from New Orleans to Kansas City for it's
Cajun food, and next to BarBQ is fast becoming KC's favourite.
Mike and the Jazz have been team members for over 6 years
now and It always appears that he and his staff have as
much or more fun than anyone there just seeing all of
us enjoy the food so much.
The King & Queen Reign
No Marty-Gras would be
complete without a King and Queen to preside over the
festivities and ours certainly didn't lack this touch
of royalty. Each year a couple are chosen from the ranks
of team members to be King & Queen. This lucky couple
gets all kind of special attention and reigns supreme
all year until the next Marty-Gras when they pass the
crown and scepter to the next lucky couple.
Time to Rock-N-Roll
Just to keep the party moving, each
year a band is chosen that will rock your socks off. Last
year we had Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls, a nationally
known 70's Disco style band and as you can see some martyers
really got carried away by the rhythm and the moment.
Of course during the intermission, there were drawings
for some dynamite door prizes, and then the band played
on and on and on!