A kickoff party for Mid City Gras, a new nonprofit organization that will hold its first Mid City Mardi Gras parade in 2018, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at The Motor Exchange, 655 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge.

This will be the first of several public events held in advance of the February parade, which will go down North Boulevard and end at Baton Rouge Community College. The exact date for the parade will be announced Aug. 11, at the Demi Gras Ball, the main fundraising event for Mid City Mardi Gras.

“The time is right for a Mardi Gras parade in Mid City, and this is an event for everyone who lives, works and plays in the neighborhood,” said Leanne Myers-Boone, president of Mid City Gras Inc. “More Mardi Gras is always a good thing.”

At the party, details of the parade will be discussed and the public will have a chance to sign up as volunteers or make tax-deductible contributions to Mid City Gras. A website, midcitygras.org, will launch in advance of the party to allow people to volunteer, donate and stay informed.