MAFFRA Mardi Gras was officially launched with a civic reception at Duart, Maffra on Friday night.
Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti recalled how the initial Back to Maffra was organised by six local businessmen, Arthur Watts, Ken Davies, Lex Leslie, Athol Ralph, Harry Van der Mewe and Max Jennings, the event becoming known as the Maffra Mardi Gras the following year.
The format has changed little since that time, with entrants raising money for six weeks leading up to the first long weekend in March.
Mardi Gras recognises and celebrates the community of Maffra and surrounds.
“It is a true community event, run by the community, for the community, celebrating our culture and our heritage, promoting the values we all hold in high regard,” Cr Rossetti said.
For details on the six entrants and their fund raising projects, read Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.