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Mardi Gras at Farmers Market

Courtesy Farmers Market.
Tourists and hipsters alike can enjoy the 24th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the original Farmers Market.
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It's Mardi Gras weekend, but you're having a seriously hard time deciding whether to toss some beads or toss some clothing on Fido in light of The Menswear Dog. (Seriously, you have to see this.) Do both at the original Farmers Market with their annual Mardi Gras celebration. The fun begins Friday at 7pm with the Rajun Cajun Dance Party. On Saturday at noon, bring your pooch for the Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest at the Market Plaza. Pups, and the occasional cat, parade along the plaza in costume and are then judged by the crowd. A King and Queen are then crowned in categories of small, medium, and large, and are awarded prizes from Three Dog Bakery. The day continues with crown decorating for kids (1-4pm) and an evening of music (2-9pm).

Come back on Sunday and enjoy more music with the 2nd Line Saviour's Parade Band (1-4pm), T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band (2-4pm), Critical Brass Band (3-5pm), and Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros (5-8pm). Traditionalists can come back Tuesday for more music by Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros (6:30-9:30pm). Seafood and gumbo ya ya, jumbalaya, Cajun meat loaf, blackened chicken, beignets, po'boys, and other traditional New Orleans food will be available throughout.

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