The Little Easy

Tiny Fairport Harbor celebrates the Fourth with a New Orleans-style bash.

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On its surface, the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras has little in common with its Big Easy namesake. There’s not a whole lot of colorfully decorated costumes and floats, Fat Tuesday is nowhere in sight, and girls don’t trade peeks at their boobs for cheap plastic beads. But there’s a definite “circus-like energy,” says spokesman Jim Cardina.

The fest coincides with the Fourth of July every year. The four-day party starts with today’s parade and the crowning of the Mardi Gras queen. Carnival games, kiddie rides, and live music are on tap. Plus, there’s plenty of food and raffles to keep you busy. Tonight’s celebration culminates in a huge fireworks show. “It’s a nice way to celebrate America in the summer and on the beach,” says Cardina. “Fun is encouraged, but we control the scene so things don’t get too crazy.”
July 4-8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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