CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host a Mardi Gras-themed Hurricane Katrina relief effort on Friday, Sept. 30, with live music, a carnival and a parade.

Events begin at 2 p.m. on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center and will include music by local and Western bands, and student-run carnival booths that will sell items, including Mardi Gras beads and masks, and offer games.

Proceeds from the carnival booths will go to the American Red Cross and Habitat to Humanity to support relief efforts.

“The theme of the event is Mardi Gras in an effort to show support and celebrate the spirit of the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Venus Miller, coordinator of the relief effort.

A Bourbon Street Parade will be held at 4 p.m. and parade walkers can be sponsored for a minimum of $1.

The event is sponsored by Western's Last Minute Productions, Student Government Association, the University Center, the Honor's College, Greek Life and the Sophomore Leadership Institute.

For more information, or to donate or volunteer, call (828) 227-2500.

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