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Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball
Blazing accordions! Cash prizes for best (optional) costumes. Cash bar and Cajun-inspired food. $30 in advance and $40 at the door; tables available. A portion of proceeds benefit VSA Arts RI. Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 11:59 p.m. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. For more information (401) 783-3926 or visit rhythmandroots.com.
Newport Winter Festival
With more than one hundred and fifty individual events, this festival has become “New England’s largest winter extravaganza.” Held in Newport, the sailing capital of the USA, home to historic oceanfront mansions and the famous Cliffwalk, the Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Includes sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, an Ice Sculpting Competition and a Children’s Fair. Feb 17, to Feb 26, Newport. For more information call 401.847.7666 or visit newportwinterfestival.com.
Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours
Embark on a two hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360° views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. This includes a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $32; non-members, $42; reservations recommended. Saturday, Mar. 4, and Sunday, Mar. 5, Bowen's Wharf, Newport. For more information and tour times call (401) 203-7325 or visit savebay.org.
Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade
The city kicks off its celebration of Irish heritage in Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley with this always-festive and colorful parade, which steps off from McCoy Stadium at Division Street, turns right onto South Bend Street, then continues down Walcott Street to Main Street, and ends at City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue. Parade reception follows at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. Sunday, Mar. 5, Begins at 12 noon. For more information call (401) 728-0500 or visit pawtucketstpatsparade.com.