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PALESTINE, January 27, 2013— The 3rd Annual Main Street Mardi Gras Parade is Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the Palestine Main Street District.
This year the Main Street District will also host a pre-parade A Taste of New Orleans celebration from 1 – 5 p.m. which features the family-fun you’ve come to expect from the district. Louisiana-style cuisine prepared by local chefs and paired with local wineries will happen each hour, children’s activities, art and more will fill the shops and streets before brightly colored New Orleans-style floats roll by.
The Main Street program and The Friends of Main Street, a non-profit organization for the Main Street District, joined forces with the Mystics of Time Mardi Gras Krewe to host the parade and celebration. “The continuing goal of the event is to offer a memorable family-time that draws people locally and from surrounding areas to our wonderful downtown,” said Jean Mollard, President of the Main Street Board for the City of Palestine.
A Taste of New Orleans opens the festivities at 1 p.m. and showcases locals chef offering free food demonstrations which are paired with a wine tasting from a local winery each hour until the parade.
Downtown shops will be offering Mardi Gras specials inside their stores, just look for the green, gold and purple window decorations which means there is something special inside. Some of the specials you can expect are 20% off any one item at Duncan Depot, 25% off any one item at Le’Fashion when you say “Let the Good Times Roll”, 50-60% off select items at the Co-ed Shop, and Mardi Gras music at Oxbow Bakery and Old Magnolia. Maps with details will be available Jan. 25 at many locations downtown.
“We encourage people to make an afternoon of it and enjoy everything Main Street has to offer. The entire Board is excited to join the Mystics of Time and all the other local organizations that make the event so much fun,” said Laura Westgate, Main Street Manager. “The Main Street Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration is an annual event of the Main Street Board and they look forward to it every year.”
In addition to the sales, various businesses will host an artist or activity. Participating artists include a face-painter and a silhouette artist who are donating their services. There will also be a caricature artist that features both black and white and color sketches. A donation was made of art supplies to allow children an opportunity to cut and color a mask for the parade.
A highlight for the Main Street District 2013 parade will be the inclusion of live music during the parade provided by Dave Washburn’s Three-Quarter Fast Jazz Band and Bruce Flett’s Rhythm Section Band, and returning for another appearance is the Espuelas de Plata mariachi band.
The parade will start at the Anderson County Courthouse, proceed down Avenue A to West Oak and make its way through the Main Street District to the Visitor Center.
For more information regarding the Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration visit www.facebook.com/palestinemainstreet or call the Visitors Center at 903-723-3014.
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