Party For The Arts!

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Fat Tuesday was Buffalo’s biggest party day and night of the year—all part of the 16th Annual ARTVOICE Mardi Gras!

Sponsored by Southern Comfort and Labatt USA, Artvoice hosted the Buffalo Mardi Gras extravaganza on Tuesday, Mar. 8, that kicked off at 5 p.m. with a festive parade. A motorcade of more than 30 floats kicked off festivities at Mister Goodbar located at 1110 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo N.Y., and continued down Elmwood into the Chippewa party district.

The celebration continued at 35 clubs and bars located throughout historic Allentown, the Buffalo Entertainment District and the Elmwood Strip to create Buffalo’s own French Quarter.

The entire event is a fundraiser for The Give for Greatness campaign, which was organized to raise over one million dollars to fund 47 cultural organizations located throughout Erie County that have been deleted from the county budget. Five dollar bracelets were sold as a one time entry fee into all participating venues.

At Shea's Performing Arts Center, Lisa Grisanti told Eyewitness News that their "Martini Gras" also supported the "Give For Greatness" campaign, as well as raising awareness for the landmark theater. This was the first year that the Shea's fundraiser joined the other Mardi Gras roster of events.

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Each bar and club will have unique and classic Mardi Gras festivities including drag queen performers, Cajun cusine, live music, bizarre paper mache masks, beads and floats.