Mardi Gras for Homeless Children

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children

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Get your beads ready! Learn about the biggest Mardi Gras party in town and how it supports our community’s most vulnerable children!  

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children benefits multiple resources in the Greater Cincinnati region who help children who are or at-risk of being homeless.

It’s been 28 years since four homeless children perished in a garage fire. Although the years have passed, the memory of it hasn’t. To help the memory of those lost live on, the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association (NKRA), led by Chairman Gordy Snyder, launched Mardi Gras for Homeless Children to help fight against homelessness in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

“The NKRA member restaurants and businesses donate their food and time to raise much needed funds to support the food budgets for Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House,” explains Barbara Gurren, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Commonwealth Hotel Collection.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children offers guests a culinary experience that benefits Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House, all local agencies that help feed the region’s homeless children.

This year’s event is on March 5, Fat Tuesday, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

To date, more than $1 million has been raised with the event for the region’s homeless children through organizations that service more than 40,000 needy individuals in the community each year.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children features more than 50 booths of food and beverages furnished by members of the NKRA.

“A highlight of the upcoming celebration is the Royal Court parade featuring Cincinnati Bengals Running Back Giovani Bernard as Grand Marshal, Scott Sloan of 700 WLW as King, and Sheila Gray of Channel 12 as the Queen,” says Gurren. “We will also be featuring Josh Martinez of KISS 107 and Bob Herzog of Channel 12 as emcees for the evening.”

Beechwood High School’s marching band will be performing in front of the traditional Mardi Gras float with live music by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. Additionally, there will be live and silent auctions, with both auctions available on a digital platform.

To purchase tickets for Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, visit, or stop by Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, Bethany House Services, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky and the 50 participating restaurants.

To learn more about the event or the organization, click here or call 859-291-NKRA.

Check out this video for a sneak peek of the upcoming Mardi Gras with Homeless Children: