Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue will be holding its third-annual Second Line Parade and Mardi Gras Party benefitting PATH on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ located at 525 S Beckham Avenue in Tyler.
Starting at 5 pm, Tyler Valet will be on-site to park cars. The valet zone is located behind Stanley’s on Oakland Avenue. Ride-sharing is encouraged, and a ride-sharing zone for pick-ups will be established at the front of the restaurant utilizing some of their curbside to-go parking spots.
In previous years, the Second Line parade was from downtown Tyler to Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. However, a shorter march will be at the BBQ joint this year.
The Second Line starts at 6 PM and is accompanied by the JMB Brass Band, flying in from New Orleans, Louisiana. Trumpeter and New Orleans native John Michael Bradford leads the band, featuring Alex Wasily (Dumpstaphunk) on Trombone, Morale Hoskins (Tidal Wave Brass Band) on Sousaphone, and Glen Finister Andrews (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) on drums.
JMB Brass Band will play three sets between 6 – 9 pm, and for the last hours of the evening band member Alex Wasily will keep the music going with one of his infamously funky DJ sets.
Stanley's very own three-time winner of BEST BAR TENDER IN TOWN, Heather Brown, is part of the PATH Mardi Gras court this year.
The highest fundraisers will be crowned King and Queen at the party! Your support helps restore HOPE and EMPOWER 20,000 of our neighbors yearly.
If you’ve been to Stanley’s you know Heather Brown. Behind that smiling face at the bar is a nurse, music lover and community servant. Heather is a Tyler native. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, currently working as a bartender and a forensic nurse. Heather is certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner through the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She cares for patients at UT Health Tyler. Yes, that’s right! She does both - bartending and nursing. She has been voted Best In Town Bartender for three consecutive years. She has a deep passion for the hospitality industry. Heather has been behind the bar for over 17 years. She has been nursing for nearly 8 years. She loves people and says the two professions totally parallel. Fun fact about Heather: She’s a melomaniac and going to concerts is her favorite thing to do. Mötley Crüe is her favorite band of all time. She’s been to every Crüe tour since she was 11. Heather loves to give back to the community and does so through serving as an active member of the Junior League of Tyler. She is currently on the JLT board. She joined Junior League in 2014. She loves PATH, what PATH does for the community and is excited to participate in Mardi Gras. Laissez le bon temps rouler! ❤️