Music, beads, cupcakes and kids.
It's the biggest fundraiser of the year: the South Side Scholarship Foundation in Bay View.
"Fifty-one years ago this all-volunteer organization was begun in Bay View by six couples sitting in a kitchen in Bay View and then it outgrew that within a year," said South Side Scholarship Foundation President Marcy Blaufuss.
Today the organization boasts more than 350 members. The South Side Scholarship Foundation has doled out more than $600,000 to students continuing post-high school education.
"I'm a retired school teacher," said Blaufuss. "I taught first and second grades for Milwaukee Public Schools. Education and the cost of it are issues really close to my heart."
This year's king and queen for the Mardis Gras celebration are State Sen. Chris Larson and Dr. Jessica Brumm-Larson
All ages are welcome to apply for the funds.
Since it began, the foundation has given out more than 930 scholarships.
The celebration and the spirit of the South Side Scholarship Foundation proves community and connection are powerful tools in promoting education.
"That could only happen with all of these wonderful volunteers," said Blaufuss. "These people are just wonderful. It's a 100 percent volunteer organization."
For more information go to the South Side Scholarship Foundation website.