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     September 27, 2019      #6B-270 SsK

Jack Klasey:Two events, one big Roaring Twenties

Jack Klasey: dos eventos, uno de los grandes años veinte

By Jack Klasey

In the Roaring ’20s it didn’t require much of an excuse to throw a party ... so Kankakee decided to combine two very different events into one big celebration on April 25, 1922.

The two events were Mardi Gras, the traditional costume celebration preceding the season of Lent, and (unlikely as it might seem) the building of paved roads. It was advertised as the “Big Kankakee County Mardi Gras celebration commemorating the dedicating of the county’s first permanent hard road.”

Although the event was promoted and described in detail ...

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