Texarkana's Mardi Gras celebration will be here March 2. Enjoy costume contests, parades, food, entertainment, beads and more during this 7th annual celebration in Front Street Festival Plaza in downtown Texarkana. 

Mardi Gras takes place in downtown Texarkana on March 2 10a to 5p. The theme this year is Bayou Boogie.

Activities this year include a kids area with bounce houses, mask making, face painting, selfie station, cornhole/washers/horseshoes. There will be plenty of craft and food vendors. For an application, you can download it here.

There will also be some new contests as well as the ones you love. One of the new contests is the Mardi Gras Shoebox floats for all age categories to be judged to win prizes. The virtual King Cake Baby contest on station websites in January

There will be a Facebook contest on our websites to enter to be King & Queen of Krewe of Koinonia-pictures to be sent in then judged, with winners riding in the parade.

The Beast Feast is a new contest event by Harvest Regional Foodbank it will be featuring competitors cooking venison, wild game, quail, duck, alligator, rabbit etc. that they have personally caught.

Competitors will be competing for prizes and bragging rights and visitors can sample their entries. Because Beast Feast is right before Lent when meat is to be given up during Lent, then Beast Feast is perfectly timed. Entry applications and rules will be available soon here.

Here are the featured Parades: Krewe of Barkus, Meoux and Little Rascals—pets and kids of all ages to enter and can include decorating, wagons, bikes, strollers, tricycles, and wheelchairs at 11 am. Zany Cajun Parade: golf carts, side by sides, atv’s a1pm
Krewe of Koinonia parade with Mardi Gras floats, antique and classic vehicles at 3pm
Applications can be downloaded here.