Multnomah Village Bloc's Initiative hosts second annual Mardi Gras celebration
by: Vern Uyetake Tom Blanchette serves up shrimp creole and jambalaya at Sip D’Vine.

MULTNOMAH - Multnomah Village brought New Orleans flavor to Southwest Portland March 8 for the second year running.

The neighborhood's Mardi Gras celebrations - put on by Multnomah Village Bloc's Initiative as a fundraiser for its efforts to revitalize and improve the neighborhood's business district - revolved around Sip D'Vine, where visitors could drop by for face painting, drink specials, music and traditional Creole dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. O'Connor's, Journey's, Down to Earth Café and Marco's Café also featured food and drink specials, and Renners Grill handed out strands of Mardi Gras beads. Artistically inclined attendees could even make their own necklaces at Village Beads. Multnomah Village Bloc's Initiative was originally formed to raise money for Multnomah Village's application to the Main Street Program last year and, while the organization was not selected for the program, it continues to move forward with goals including improved parking and lighting on the Capitol Highway viaduct. The event raised $328 for the Initiative.

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