SPEEDWAY — Despite the close proximity to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, businesses on Main Street in Speedway are proving they don’t need the humming of IndyCars to have a good time.
Main Street has recently been the epicenter for a variety of events, some of which celebrate holidays like Christmas and Halloween.
The newest event, put on by the Speedway Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with several Main Street businesses, is full of French Quarter flair.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Connie Harris said the inaugural Mardi Gras on Main Pub Crawl will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.
She said the businesses participating are Dawson’s on Main, Barbecue and Bourbon, Lino’s Coffee, and Dallara IndyCar Factory.
“Each of those locations is going to have a special New Orleans fare for the evening and a specialty Mardi Gras drink,” Harris said. “There are no tickets (fee) to participate and you can start at any of the locations, and go in any order. You can either sit down and have a dinner, or they’re going to have appetizer-type portions that you can eat and then go on to the next location. We’re trying to make it where it will work for both.”
She added that Dallara won’t have food, but there will be live music from the band Audiodacity from 9 p.m. to midnight for a $5 cover.
Attendees will be able to purchase a $5 cup, which will provide them with $2 off the specialty drink at each stop.
Harris said the scene will resemble that of downtown New Orleans.
“We’re going to have people come in costumes and there are going to be opportunities to win best costume prizes,” she said. “We’ll have some free T-shirts, we’ll be giving out beads, and we’re also going to have kind of like a carnival atmosphere along the street. There will be a fire juggler, a fire eater, and people on stilts.”