‘Mardi Gras on Main’ raises more than $18k for downtown beautification projects

January 26,2024

Despite the dreary weather, the good times rolled in downtown Enterprise Friday night as the community celebrated Mardi Gras on Main Street Enterprise.

O’Neal Boswell, owner of Sam Boswell Honda & Buick GMC, raised $2,096 and was crowned King.  Rachel Snipes, a mathematics instructor at Enterprise State Community College, raised $3,145 and was crowned Queen. 

“These extraordinary individuals stepped up to the challenge, showcasing not only their charisma, but also their dedication to supporting Main Street Enterprise,” Mariah Montgomery, Main Street Enterprise Executive Director, told a packed crowd inside the Deep South Builders/Sanders & Sons, LLC building. “Each nominee earned their chance to compete for the prestigious titles through heartfelt donations made by the incredible members of our community.”

The combined fundraising effort from all 20 King and Queen candidates raised $18,346 for downtown beautification projects.

Montgomery also thanked the Enterprise community for their support of the fundraising campaign.

“Your generous contributions have paved the way for exciting projects, making downtown an even more vibrant and engaging place for us all.”

Funds raised will be used in several areas downtown, such as The Nook, located at 123 S. Main Street.  The parking lot adjacent to the Enterprise Public Library was converted to a community space and is the home of the Main Street Business Incubator Container, as well as a stage, picnic tables and seating areas. Montgomery said a portion of the funds raised was already used to enhance lighting in the space, replace wall sconces, and to update the electrical hook ups needed for live music to be performed.  Additional projects downtown are already being planned, Montgomery said, and will go through Enterprise City Council for approval.