Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 1, 2014

Mardi Gras on Main proves to be a success

Hendricks County Flyer

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SPEEDWAY- The first annual, signature Speedway event, Mardi Gras on Main Pub Crawl was a huge success last Friday.

The event was put on by the Speedway Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with several Main Street businesses; Dawson’s on Main, Barbecue and Bourbon, Lino’s Coffee, and Dallara IndyCar Factory.

The scene down Main St. resembled that of downtown New Orleans. There were people in costumes, a person on stilts and beads and t-shirts were being given away.

Each of the locations had a special New Orleans menu and/or a specialty Mardi Gras drink. Dallara had live music from the band Audiodacity from 9 p.m. to midnight for a $5 cover. Attendees were able to purchase a $5 cup, which provided them with $2 off the specialty drink at each stop.

Dawson’s on Main had a special Mardi Gras menu and drink.

“Our special drink is a hurricane cocktail; for dinner; jumbalaya, grilled oysters, gumbo, spicy shrimp, Cajun pasta; all are big hits,” Diane Hill, manager said. “We participate in everything that the town of Speedway does; Connie Harris is the guru, she gets everything organized and she helps us with everything. It’s been slow for all of the businesses right now buts he came up with the idea for the Mardi Gras and it’s a hit.”

The process of getting this event started took a few months of meetings with the chamber and the businesses.

“Everyone’s been involved, we all support each other, it’s great,” Hill said. “Everyone’s been stuck inside in the crappy weather and we came up with this and it’s wonderful. We didn’t know how it was going to be but we’ve had people come dressed up we even don’t even have enough tables for all of the people here.”

There were prizes being given away for the best costume in Dawson’s on Main; four $25 gift cards to the restaurant, t-shirts and beads were being passed out to patrons.

Many of Hills’ staff were working, with one of the chefs knowing from experience how to make that jumbalaya.

“I’m from the south, so this is how it influenced me to make the jumbalaya,” John Garcia said. “I was around Mardi Gras for a long time, tonight has been busy but good.”

Hill plans on partaking in this event again next year and will look at improvements if they are needed for next year.

“I can’t wait until next year’s, I’m already thinking about all the things we can do to improve,” she said. “Speedway has been so wonderful to us; we’ve got loyal customers that even in this crappy weather they still come.”

Dawson’s on Main is located in Speedway and Dawson’s Too is located in Brownsburg.

Look for Speedway’s next main event, Rockin’ on Main come this May.