The 2016 50/50 will start with a balance of: $13,677.

The theme for the 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration is “Oh, the places you’ll go”.  This was submitted by Cynthia Heisner and was voted on by everyone who attended the Chamber’s Annual Brunch!

The Chamber of Commerce throws a Mardi Gras celebration like no other! This family-friendly event dates back to 1922. Unlike Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Pinckneyville holds its festivities on the last Friday and Saturday in October. The famous Queen Pageant is held a few weeks prior to the yearly event, once a Mardi Gras Queen is crowned she enjoys her reign while attending the children’s costume parade, business trick or treat, and the costume and pumpkin decorating contest on Friday. The celebration begins again bright and early on Saturday morning where you will find a flea market stretched across Walnut street, a car show over-flowing on Mulberry Street, live entertainment, children’s games, marching band field competition, and Illinois’ oldest night-time parade featuring floats, costumed marchers, bands and more. This event brings together both past and present community members year after year. During 2015 Pinckneyville will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Mardi Gras.