Mardi Gras bash raises cash for L.E.S. Girls Club

Downtown Express Photos by Sam Spokony

Downtown Express Photos by Sam Spokony

The Village boasted a mad Mardis Gras bash last week at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker St. This year, the Two Boots Fourth Annual Mardi Gras Ball doubled as a benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club. Along with some traditional brass band fanfare and festive stilt dancers, colorfully masked revelers were treated to funk, blues and a star-studded crowning ceremony. Left: Bassist Doug Burns went berserk as he and the 11-piece band EMEFE blasted out afrobeat jams to get the crowd moving. Right: Roots drummer Questlove and pop queen Cyndi Lauper looked out from their thrones after an L.E.S. Girls Club member crowned them king and queen of the ball.

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