Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Celebrate Mardi Gras German-American Style

The annual Karneval celebration at the Athenaeum takes on a Caribbean theme this winter. The annual masked ball, "Pirates of the Athenaeum", begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 February.

"Everyone is invited to a frolicking good time in the Athenaeum Kellersaal," reads the invitation. The Athenaeum German Band will perform, along with the Indianapolis Maennerchor. The Freudemacher plays the music for dancing.

At the Athenaeum, the annual Mardi Gras celebration incorporates the Karneval traditions of Indianapolis' Sister City, Cologne.

Wear a mask (or buy one at the door), wear a costume, your old ballgown or tux or something else. There'll be Karneval royalty and a Prinzengarde plus presentation of Karneval Ordens.

Food, a la carte, is by the Rathskeller Restaurant.

The Athenaeum is in downtown Indy at 401 East Michigan Street. For more information, tickets and reservations, call 317:630-4569, ext. 1.

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