Glieberman: Mardi Gras won't be scuttled

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Lonie Glieberman is making sure Mardi Gras Madness doesn't go flat.

The Renegades president said yesterday he wants to keep the festival going in the south side upper deck for the remainder of the season.

Mardi Gras, which debuted at Frank Clair Stadium last Friday, featured a contest in which a female fan won $1,000 for collecting the most beaded necklaces from male fans, who were given the trinkets when they entered the stadium.

The promotion caused controversy -- not to mention national media attention -- because it promoted female fans to expose their breasts in exchange for the beads, a tradition at the real Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans.

At least one female fan lifted her shirt on Friday.

But Glieberman said the team had received seven complaints as of yesterday morning.

'19,000 OTHER SEATS'

"People who were there had a great time," said Glieberman. "People were fine with it. The key thing is, that if you don't like the Mardi Gras celebration, there are 19,000 other seats you can sit in."

Glieberman said the team might add a feature to the contest, where the fan wearing the best Mardi Gras costume would win a cash prize.

"This contest isn't about flashing," said Glieberman. "It's about fun and interacting and having a good time at a CFL game. We want to keep it tasteful and professional so we can keep doing it."


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