Mardi Crawl Set for Downtown Kent | Kent State University

Mardi Crawl Set for Downtown Kent

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It’s the time of year when cabin fever sets in and people need a reason to get out and have a little fun. As Mardi Gras approaches, Main Street Kent is partnering with Labatt and Magic Hat to host the first-ever Kent Mardi Crawl beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in downtown Kent.

The Kent Mardi Crawl starts at the Venice Café (163 W. Erie St.), where attendees can check in from 5-8 p.m. to pick up their crawl “passes” and event T-shirts and to participate in a costume contest. Then, head out on the town to explore great restaurants and bars in downtown Kent, collecting Mardi Gras beads, masks and other fun trinkets along the way! Participating downtown locations include Venice Café, Water Street Tavern, Ray’s Place, The Loft, Zephyr Pub, Panini’s, Bricco, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dominick’s, Brewhouse Pub and 157 Lounge. Event tickets are available for purchase online for $15 each at www.eventbrite.com/e/kent-mardi-crawl-tickets-42209303162. All ticketholders who check in at a minimum of five participating locations (no purchase required) may submit an entry to win great prizes at Water Street Tavern anytime throughout the evening.

For the costume contest, ticketholders can get their photos taken at the Venice Café from 5-8 p.m., and/or post pictures of their own on social media using the hashtag #kentmardicrawl. Prizes will include a “Downtown Cleveland Overnight Getaway” complete with hotel accommodations, box seat tickets to a home Cleveland baseball game and more! Prizewinners for all contests will be announced on Monday, Feb. 12. This is an all-weather event, and tickets are nonrefundable.

Event proceeds will benefit Main Street Kent, with a portion designated to Freedom House, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans.

Main Street Kent is a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.