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Fifth Annual “Mardi Gras for Autism” Expects 3,000 People Raising Funds and Awareness for Autism


This year is shaping up to be a great year for Autism Awareness. Over 3,000 attendees are expected at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill’s 5th annual FREE family carnival benefit, “Mardi Gras for Autism” featuring Aquarium of the Pacific’s mobile aquarium,
Fullerton High School Circus Club, a skate all-ability skateboarding demonstration and more.

The event is to be held outside Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in the adjacent Fullerton Train Depot parking lot located at 110
E. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Larry Houser, the co-owner of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill and founder of Fullerton Cares said,

“The way we’ve designed Mardi Gras for Autism, families can come out and enjoy a good time together with their children of all abilities.”

For Houser, autism is close to his heart. He became involved with autism after his son Boyd, now age 5, was diagnosed with autism.

The family-friendly, all abilities, free event is designed to encourage families to enjoy the fun of Mardi Gras while raising money for Fullerton special education programs, featuring many activities appropriate for children of all ages and abilities, including: Aquarium of the Pacific, Medieval Times, Eye Force One, Game Trucks, Magic by David Bonfidini, Autism Live, Police Exhibit, Fire Exhibit, The Dixiedelics, Karaoke hosted by Jake Popoff, CF Dance Academy, Fullerton High School Circus Club, Bounce House Zone, Face painting, Bourbon Street and Fullerton Cares.

The “Mardi Gras for Autism” festival raises funds benefitting the Fullerton School District’s autism programs. In 2012, the event raised over $11,000 for autism.

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