Mardi Gras is coming to Wellington with free pancakes, music and quirky races.
St Peter's on Willis Anglican Church is hosting the party on Tuesday evening on the former motorway exit site at the corner of Ghuznee and Willis streets.
Rev Brian Dawson said it was a chance to have a really good party.
"This is an opportunity to stop and have a chat and have a free pancake," he said.
Among the special guests will be the mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson and the Bishop of Wellington, Justin Duckworth.
"We are hoping we can get some of those people and some members of the public to take part in pancake races," Rev Dawson said.
The races are a traditional part of Mardi Gras and involve flipping a pancake in a frying pan while running.
Mardi Gras traditionally marks the end of Carnival, a month of partying, and the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.
In French it means "fat Tuesday", because it was the day that all the nice food had to be eaten from the cupboards.
Rev Dawson said there were plans to make 300 pancakes, but more pancake mix was available if needed.
He said the event was free because the church wanted to do something nice for its neighbours.
"It is something we can give back to a community we have been part of for 140 years."
Rev Dawson said the free pancakes would be a drawcard for the many students flooding back into the city this week.
The event, a first for the church, will feature music from local buskers and a jazz trio.
Reverend Dawson said the goal was to catch up with neighbours.
"It's just going to be like any good party. Most of it's just going to be hanging around, catching up with people."
The party will be held in the old motorway exit road on the corner of Willis and Ghuznee streets.
Festivities kick off at 4pm.
- The Wellingtonian