Marc McClernan - Lake Wales Mardi Gras Archives
This description is found on the Lake Wales Mardi Gras website, www.lwmardigras.com
"In 1984 the Lake Wales Mardi Gras was created in memory of Vinton Davis, owner and operator of Vinton’s New Orleans Restaurant along with his wife. Vinton was quite a character and loved carnivals and particularly Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

When Vinton died, his daughter, Nancy Estes and his wife, Nettie wanted a traditional New Orleans funeral with the parading of the casket with jazz bands and mourners. Unfortunately they could not do that so they decided to have a parade in his memory and call it the Lake Wales Mardi Gras. With the help of his step-son, Jim Bernhardt, Nettie's brother, Ed, friend, Robert Connors and a handful of others, the Lake Wales Mardi Gras was planned.

The first Lake Wales Mardi Gras parade consisted of one band (Al’s Place Band), four Krewes (The Mystick Krewe of Rex, the Mystick and fair Krewe of Aphrodite, Royal Order of the Red Swans and the Loyal order of Wild Shiners) and several marching revelers. They formed before a crowd of a couple of hundred spectators. Today we parade with over a dozen floats and krewes and march for about 50,000 spectators.

Marc McClernan was promoter and president ofLake Wales Mardi Gras for many years. He co-hosted "Your Show" with Pat Turner on WIPC radio 1280 AM. Many Mardi Gras personalities and musicians were guests on "Your Show" while he co-hosted the show.

Marc is remembered as a wonderful friend and an intergal part of Lake Wales Mardi Gras' growth. Marc passed away on July 10, 2001."

This collection of Mardi Gras memories was donated by his friend and co-host, Pat Turner and his brother, Mike McClernan.

The Marc McClernan - Lake Wales Mardi Gras Archives are held at the Lake Wales Public Library.
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