Celebration of colour, music and culture

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RETURNING for 2013 bigger and better than ever, Hastings Fat Tuesday is now a five-day festival.

This year a small team of volunteers will once again fill the town with colour, music and culture , from February 8 to 12.

Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras)is celebrated in various parts of the world and traditionally occurs on Shrove Tuesday before the restrictions of Lent.

Organiser Adam Daly said: “Hastings Fat Tuesday - now a five day festival, provides events for all the family from a colourful umbrella parade through the town to several nights of live music involving many local musicians.

“This year is set to be bigger and better than ever with more events, more locations, more bands and an incredibly exciting performance from a very special guest.”

The festival grew from humble beginnings as a night of Cajun music organised by local musician Bob Tipler.

After forming a friendship with event organiser Adam Daly the two set up a one-off night of Cajun food and music in a local jazz bar.

Four years later it has become one of the town’s most anticipated annual events, attracting people from far and wide, and recruiting enthusiastic volunteers whose efforts raise awareness and money for local charities.

The culmination of the event is Fat Tuesday Night on February 12, when eight pubs play host to a rotation of 16 bands including some of the best loved local acts and two world class recording artists plus a big-name secret act.

Another favourite, the Umbrella Parade returns on February 10, when The Fat Tuesday Second Line Band will lead a procession of the willing and able to the town centre, recreating the New Orleans spirit.

Further announcements and details of the festival programme will follow in the coming weeks.

Visit www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk for more information.