Arlington native Joanna Smith, letft, and Caitlyn Nichol Thomas perform on the Broad Avenue stage during the downtown Mardi Gras Festival Saturday night.
ALBANY, Ga. — Temperatures weren’t the only numbers dropping this weekend.
Organizers for the Mardi Gras Street festival, one of the city’s biggest events each year, only saw about 6,000 people wander through the gates Saturday. At it’s peak, more than 30,000 have graced downtown during the event.
Tommy Gregors, one of the organizers of the event, said that the cold weather likely kept many folks at home.
“In 11 years of putting this event on, this was the coldest Mardi Gras on record,” Gregors said.
Gregors said that he believes weather was the main reason people stayed indoors Saturday rather than venture out downtown.
It’s the second year in a row that weather issues have impacted the event. Last year, the event was pushed back a weekend after heavy rains moved through the area.
Gregors said that event organizers will weigh their options but that he doesn’t believe there is a strong chance of the event moving to another weekend.
“We have done other events later in the spring and in the fall and none of them have been as successful as Mardi Gras,” Gregors said. “The closer you get to spring and summer, the more people get busy with other things during the weekend. Certainly we’ll weigh our options but experience tells us to keep it in early March.”
Organizers also do not believe that moving the SB&T Bike Race from under the umbrella of events had much of an impact on attendance. That event has been moved to a weekend in May and has joined up with a bike race series across the Southeast United States.