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By Justin Criado
By Justin Criado
Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland Allstars provided the soundtrack of the night during the Deutschtown Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Allegheny Elks Lodge #339. All proceeds benefited the Deutschtown Music Festival, which is July 11.
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Legends of the North Shore (pictured here) as well as James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy provided New Orleans-inspired food, while guests were also treated to traditional king cake complete with hidden treasures.
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Northside resident rocker Jack "Johnny Angel" Hunt of Johnny Angel & the Halos fame was christened Northside's first King of Mardi Gras.
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True to his entertainer roots, Hunt led the band for a few songs to kick-start the evening.
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The music started at 8 p.m., but it didn't take long for the lodge to fill up. Guests also enjoyed Abita beer, which is a New Orleans brew.
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Soon after the tunes started, a dancing line formed and the dance floor was just that.
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Cody Walters (left), founder of the Deutschtown Music Festival, and Mark Fatla (center, hat), executive director of the Northside Leadership Conference, welcomed everyone for coming out and helping the music fest in the process.

All of Northside celebrated Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Deutschtown Mardi Gras event at the Allegheny Elks Lodge #339. The event sponsored by the Northside Leadership Conference benefited the Deutschtown Music Festival, which will be July 11 this year.

Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland Allstars provided the New Orleans-style jazz for night, while Legends of the North Shore and James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy brought the Cajun cuisine. Of course, there was king cake, too.

New Orleans’ own Abita Purple Haze beer was on tap, and a king was crowned. Jack “Johnny Angel” Hunt of Johnny Angel & the Halos fame was named the first Northside Mardi Gras king, and proceeded to lead the band for a few songs.

As it was pointed out at the beginning of the night, like New Orleans, Northside is also north of a river, and Northsiders planned to party like the Louisianans.