Wild Horses: Randy Harris Photo

First ever Mardi Gras for Mustangs to take place this March

Source: Press Release

ALTON, IL — Carnival season is going strong through March with the inaugural Mustang Mardi Gras in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary — the only one of its kind in the two-state region.

Alton’s Atrium Hotel and Conference Center teamed up with the Friends of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary to provide a first-time Mardi Gras experience for the Riverbend. The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, located in Alhambra, in Madison County, strives to rescue wild mustang horses and burros, provide training and locate permanent loving homes for each one.

Mustang Mardi Gras is an adult celebration of food and carnival with illusion and magic from Chris Carpunky; masks and music; prizes and surprises. The Atrium will present its exclusive famous Mardi Gras Chuck Wagon Buffet and Cash Bar Saloon.

The good times start rolling when the saloon doors swing open at 5 p.m.

The festivities start at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 12, in the ballroom at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton.

Ticket purchases and attendance registration are available through Monday, March 7.

Tickets cost $25 per person.

The award-winning, five-star Magician Chris Carpunky Show starts at 7:30 p.m.; starting at 8 p.m., listening enjoyment and dancing to authentic New Orleans-style jazz with some old-fashioned rock ‘n roll performed by Riverbend favorites Dixie Dudes and Dance Band. Event organizers conceived the event to provide fun and relaxation throughout the entire evening.

Guests can enjoy creative mask and face design activity, The Mustang Equestrian Board Game, special raffle items, such as a special collectible Mustang Mardi Gras glass horse by art glass company Horse of a Different Color, super-cool door prizes and more throughout the night.

The Mustang Mardi Gras fundraiser, in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, includes special items that guests will have a chance to take home such as this special Mustang Mardi Gras horse, a glass collectible horse made by a company called “Horse of a Different Color.”
The Mustang Mardi Gras fundraiser, in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, includes special items that guests will have a chance to take home such as this special Mustang Mardi Gras horse, a glass collectible horse made by a company called “Horse of a Different Color.”

All proceeds will support the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary.

Tickets are available at the Atrium Hotel, Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.legendarymustangsanctaury.org or call or email Kathy Lewis at 618-616-8875 and/or mustangsanctuary@yahoo.com. Tickets are limited and may not be available at the door. Table reservations are available for parties of eight to 10 guests.

The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary organization’s mission is to rescue America’s wild mustang horses, burros and to help advance public education programs raising awareness of the important role these historical, living, legendary animals play in America’s western history.

The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary developed and supports two formal education programs, which include internships for students studying veterinary medicine and equine sciences. An application process is in place for these programs.

For additional information, call co-founder Lewis at 618-616-8875. The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. This charity enjoys a 100 percent successful adoption record for these animals and operates with volunteer-only labor.

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4 thoughts on “First ever Mardi Gras for Mustangs to take place this March”

  1. I see that you are a vegan organization but what about those holding this celebratory event? When I see charity fundraisers to help animals I have to wonder about the food that will be offered, as it doesn’t make sense to help some animals and forego others. Here is something you might like to pass on: http://www.foodforthoughtcampaign.org/

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    1. Thanks Stacey for giving us an opportunity of addressing this. We have a campaign called Advocate from your Plate.

      We try to lead by example and would obviously prefer that animal charities who hold events to have a vegan menu. At the same time we are not going to withhold support of good that is being done because they don’t.

      I do understand what you are saying. People in the animal slaughter business are the first to point out the hypocrisy of why horse lovers say stop slaughtering horses then turn around and eat a burger. In this case, the cattle industry is behind much of what happens to the wild horses they are working to save yet is beef on the menu?

      Are they afraid no one would come if they had a vegan menu at an event like this? Possibly. Again, we are not here to judge but invite people to “advocate from their plate”.

      Horse slaughter is a good example. The only way to eradicate horse slaughter 100% is for people to quit eating horse meat. That puts everyone in the horse meat business out of business.

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      1. Thank you for your quick reply and please know that I appreciate all that you do to help these animals in need. I will read more about your campaign.

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