Now on its fourth year, the “Mardi Gras for Autism” fundraiser, sponsored by Bourbon Street Bar & Grilltook place today at the Fullerton Train Depot parking lot with an estimated 2,000 people in attendance partaking in the festivities. The family-friendly, free  event featured stilt walkers, unicycle riders, plate spinners, fire throwers, jugglers, face painters, balloon twisters, character drawers, magicians and more! Some notable organizations included:

For the active and famished crowd, beignets, chicken gumbo, pulled pork sandwiches, English pancakes, hotdogs and other tasty fare were provided by:

As the co-owner of Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Fullerton, Larry Houser generously uses his local business as a platform for autism events and fundraisers, including their annual Mardi Gras for Autism festival, of which proceeds benefit the Fullerton School District’s autism programs. Houser is father to Boyd, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Founding Fullerton Cares in 2009, which spreads the message of autism, the organization has raised over $25,000 through various events to support autism initiatives.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Learn more about autism at


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