Friends of Padre at Barefoot Mardi Gras 2/10/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre enjoyed participating in this year's Barefoot Mardi Gras on North Padre Island Saturday February 10th. It's an annual event that raises funds for local charities and each year when the schedule allows we participate to publicize our annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup. This year it is on Saturday February 24th.

The day started foggy but warm.


Thanks to Jacob Augsberger and his lovely wife, Lauren, for letting stage at his house and to Jacob for doing such a fine job on our cleanup artwork this year.

We passed out hundreds of Friends of Padre stickers and a few vintage t-shirts along the way too!. One thing that did surprise us was that several people asked us why we were cleaning shells from the beach. When we thought about it we do call it the Billy Sandifer "Big Shell" Cleanup. We may need to point out more that this is the name of the section of the beach we clean annually on Padre Island National Seashore - Big Shell. It's normally a four wheel drive only section of beach which runs from the 18 mile mark to about the 30 mile mark some thirty miles from the end of the pavement on Park Rd. 22. We promise we are not removing or cleaning Big Shells! ; )

 We will see you next at the Big Shell Cleanup. Be at the Malaquite Visitor's Parking lot on the Padre Island National Seashore Saturday morning February 24th no later than 8am.


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