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King Cake Friday — Our Morning Show Theme For Wes’s Birthday

Do you know a good place to get a yummy King Cake in Texarkana or close by? We are going to celebrate Wes's birthday during the Power 95.9 Morning Show on Flashback Friday and we need your help to find the best cake in town.

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Texarkana Mardi Gras Parade Mimi McDaniel/Townsquare Media
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Mardi Gras — Everything That You Need to Know From Beads to King Cakes

 

Mardi Gras is my favorite time of the year! I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans a few years ago. Twice actually. It was a lot of fun. One trip was what I call the "Parade Route" because the entire 4 days was spent going to parade after parade. The next trip to New Orleans was all about seeing the downtown festivities and oh what an experience that was. Now Texarkana has its own Mardi Gras celebration. This year it will be held on Saturday, March 1 in Downtown Texarkana.

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Texarkana Mardi Gras Parade Mimi McDaniel/Townsquare Media
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What’s Happening in T-Town — Mardi Gras Celebration in Texarkana on Saturday, March 1

The second annual Mardi Gras Celebration is happening in Texarkana on Sat., March 1, from 2pm to 7pm. There will be three parades, concessions and food vendors, activities for the entire family, contests, music and adult beverages too. This year's theme is Super Heroes & Marvels.

Catch the thousands of throws along the entire parade route. The Paws and Rascals parade is at 3:30 p.m., the Motorcade parade is at 4 p.m. and the Grand parade rolls at 4:30 p.m.

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Jo-el Sonnier at Mardi Gras in Texarkana – What You Need to Know

Texarkana's community Mardi Gras celebration is scheduled for Saturday March 1 in downtown Texarkana with parades, vendors and live music including headliner Jo-el Sonnier. Here are all of the details you need to know.

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Texarkana Mardi Gras Parade Mimi McDaniel/Townsquare Media
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Mardi Gras Texarkana Second Annual Event — Parades, Music and More at Front Street Plaza

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Texarkana for the second year in a row. Last year was the first festival ever to be held in the Twin Cities! It was a lot of fun too. Be on Front Street to catch the thousands of throws during the parade on Saturday, March 1.

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Texarkana Mardi Gras Parade Mimi McDaniel/Townsquare Media
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Mardi Gras: From Beads to Cakes, What You Need to Know

 

I love Mardi Gras season. In the past it signified the beginning of crawfish season but I have since discovered that I can get crawfish as early as November if I am willing to travel south.

Here is some of the information I discovered in my research about Mardi Gras from beads to cakes.

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Mardi Gras: From Beads to Cakes, What You Need to Know

I love Mardi Gras season. In the past it signified the beginning of crawfish season but I have since discovered that I can get crawfish as early as November if I am willing to travel south. I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans a few years ago. Twice actually. It was a lot of fun. One trip was what I call the "Parade Route" because the entire 4 days was spent going to parade after parade.

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Mardi Gras Hits Texarkana with Parades, Music and More at Front Street Plaza

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Texarkana for the very first festival ever to be held in the Twin Cities!  Be on Front Street to catch the thousands of throws during the Krewe of Koinonia parade on Saturday.

Below is the schedule of events and list of vendors.

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Time to Get Your Mardi Gras Hat On

Trying on silly hats is a favorite past time of mine but Mardi Gras hats make it an extra special occasion.

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Blood Drive is Extended Through March 12th

There will be a blood drive at our local center on College Drive March 3rd through 12th. Donate and receive a limited edition Mardi Gras "Krewe of Life" T-Shirt.

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Mardi Gras Around The World [VIDEO]

Did you think Mardi Gras was strictly a New Orleans thing? Think again.

In Belgium Mardi Gras is the most important day of the year. Belgians celebrate the Carnival of Binche in the city of Binche, which features lots of music and dancing.

Sweden celebrates Fettisdagen, translating to "Fat Tuesday."

In Canada Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, especially in the french-speaking Quebec, where the Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the most iconic of Canadian festivals.

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Do You Know the History of Mardi Gras? [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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