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Fayetteville Mardi Gras

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The 19th annual Mardi Gras of Northwest Arkansas is scheduled for February 13-16 in downtown Fayetteville. The oldest celebration of its kind in the state offers a variety of traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

Activities include:

++Friday, Feb. 12: Parade of Pearls for the residents of City Hospital

++Saturday, Feb. 13: The family-friendly Fat Saturday Parade of Fools at 3 p.m. The parade will begin at the Fayetteville Square, travel Mountain Street to East Avenue to Dickson Street and end at the city parking lot at the corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue. There will be booths at the parking lot and the winning floats will be announced. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan will be the parade Grand Marshall. The parade will feature several ornately decorated floats and costumed marching groups.

++ Tuesday, Feb. 16: Mardi Gras on Dickson. The Demented Krewe of Dickson will convene at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, 324 W. Dickson, for a Cajun dinner, live music and coronation of the 2010 King and Queen. Merrymaking will continue with a traditional second-line parade up and down Dickson Street, abundant in costumed revelry and bead tossing along the route. For adults.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can find information and a downloadable entry forms at www.fayettevillemardigras.com or contact Dixie Rhyne at 479-236-4794 or dementedkrewe@yahoo.com.

The Fayetteville Mardi Gras is sponsored by The Committee for Mardi Gras Inc. aka the Demented Krewe of Dickson. The public is invited to participate in all activities.

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