With just nine days left before the Grand Ball, preparations for Woonsocket's Mardi Gras celebration are well under way. King Jace XVIII, the mystery man who will preside over the celebration, has been chosen and if you can guess this local man's identity, you could win a prize.
In the annual contest, Dave Richards, owner and host of WOON Radio 1240, chooses a well-known local figure to don the traditional costume - size 13 Chukka Boots, with a cape, crown, a beard and sunglasses. Ten clues and 10 photos are released and residents are invited to guess his identity by placing his name and one dollar in a sealed envelope and dropping it off at one of three locations: WNRI on Diamond Hill Road, on Park Avenue, or on Main Street. All correct answers will be entered into a raffle, to be chosen at the end of the Ball.
The contest is used to raise funds for the grand Mardi Gras Ball, at which the king's identity will be revealed when he is unmasked by the Queen. The 2012 event will take place at two locations: the and A free shuttle will carry revelers between the two party destinations, with the official unmasking ceremony to take place at St. Ann. Tickets to the ball can be purchased by calling Lorraine Cloutier at (401) 762-9072 and are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Visit Woonsocket Patch every day for a new clue and photo as we count down to Mardi Gras 2012!
Do you know the man in the photo above? Here's the first clue to his identity:
King Jace XVIII
1. Is noted for his bubbly personality.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the second photo and clue.