‘A total social experience:’ Partiers hit Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 16th Annual Mardi Gras

The smiles were wide and the wine flowed freely at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 16th Annual Mardi Gras event Saturday.

Establishments scattered along the trail participated in the weekend-long event, in which people — sometimes clad in feathers, beads or masks that wouldn’t seem out of place on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street — drink, eat and play games.

Russell Nalley, an employee at Long Point Winery in Ledyard, said he loves seeing familiar faces who saunter into the building for the Mardi Gras event and other events the wine trail locations hold. Nalley, wearing a multi-colored Hawaiian shirt and occasionally rocking an oversized Strawberry red hat, said the annual February party gives people something to do while allowing the winery to get out of the “winter doldrums.” Nalley takes pride in building a rapport with so many over the years.

”We know we’re doing something right,” Nalley said.

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