COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) – You can party for a good cause on Feb. 13 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

One of the best parties of the year is back for the 34th year in a row, and it’s all to do what Fat Tuesday is for: celebrate and give back.

The 34th Annual Mardi Gras For Homeless Children party will be at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Tuesday and benefits three agencies helping children and youth in our area experiencing homelessness: The Brighton Center, Bethany House, and Welcome House.

The organization says it’s expecting more than 2,000 people to gather to grab food and drinks from about 50 local vendors, enjoy live music and a Mardi Gras parade, and benefit a good cause.

“There are a surprising number of homeless families and children in Northern Kentucky and this was the restaurant association’s way, and the restaurant community’s way, of trying to support charities support those people,” said Mardi Gras For Homeless Children Chair Pat O’Callaghan.

In the 34 years the organization has held the party, more than $2.5 million has been raised to help charities that support families and children experiencing homelessness.

“Everybody that’s doing this work here is a volunteer and they’re doing it for all the right reasons,” said Mardi Gras For Homeless Children Chairman Pat O’Callaghan.

John Geisen is the President and CEO of Izzy’s, a local sandwich chain that will be serving their famous ‘Izzytizers’ at the party.

“We love Fat Tuesday because everybody gets to have their indulgent food, you can visit all these restaurants, take a little bite, and keep moving on,” said Geisen.

Mardi Gras For Homeless Children begins at 6:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticketholders — and concludes at 10 p.m.

Local 12’s Sheila Gray is this year’s Queen of festivities.

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