THIS year’s Fat Tuesday festivities kick off next Friday (February 28).
The annual event will run from then until Tuesday, March 4.
This year there will be no colourful umbrella parade through the Old Town into the town centre, due to lack of funding, but this year’s line-up of events promises to showcase many locally established and up-and-coming bands.
Organisers Adam Daly and Bob Tipler said the lack of a parade is a one-off and pledged it will return next year.
Both organisers are teaming up with Pierless Music, set up in 2012, with the aim of promoting, and nurturing original local music, to establish the Hastings Fat Tuesday charity.
Another of the charity’s aims will be to promote Hastings as a premier league music tourism destination.
Fat Tuesday kicks off on Friday at the Jenny Lind in High Street from 8pm with live music from The Cajun Dawgs and Dr Savage.
Next Saturday (March 1) bands are touring multiple venues in and around Old Town, playing for 15 minutes to entertain crowds. This starts at 1pm and runs to 6pm, with the highlight a Grand Mardi Gras Ball at Venuu during the evening.
Next Sunday (March 2) South by South East will be paying homage to the South by South West Festival, held in Texas.
The show at the Union Bar in Cambridge Street will feature the best of young and upcoming local bands.
On the Tuesday (March 4) 16 bands will be playing in venues across town from 8pm to 11pm.
The first Fat Tuesday event started in 2010.