According to the Seattle PI:
It should have been a party, but the five nights of Mardi Gras 2001 degenerated into into rioting, vandalism and brutal assaults. Chaos consumed Pioneer Square on “Fat Tuesday” and one man was mortally wounded before police dispelled the crowds. In the aftermath, America’s most livable city struggles to come to terms with what happened.
Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mardi Gras event in Pioneer Square that cast a negative shadow over any future events. Has enough time passed to attempt another mardis gras party in the square?
Come to an informational meeting today to hear details from the applicant and to give your opinion:
All Pioneer Square Business Owners, Merchants, Residents and Community Partners are cordially invited to attend two Neighborhood Meetings to discuss the proposed 2011 Mardi Gras Block Party in Pioneer Square.
THURSDAY, September 16 – 6 to 8 pm
Tiki Bob’s Cantina
166 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104
Friday, October 1 – Noon to 1:30 PM
Grand Central Bakery
214 1st Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104
If you cannot attend the meeting but would like further information, please contact
Joshua Ryan, 503-810-4380 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event applicant and city representatives will be present to address concerns.
After the neighborhood meetings, the event application will be reviewed through the City of Seattle’s Special Events Committee on October 13. Your input will help determine whether or not the city will approve this permit.
RSVP to email@example.com
Department of Neighborhoods
Acting Downtown District Coordinator