Get ready for a fun time for the whole family this weekend in downtown Texarkana. It's the 8th Annual Mardi Gras celebration and there will be a carnival going on downtown too!

Kids having fun on a carnival Carousel
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All the fun will start up this Thursday, February 16 with a big carnival. It's the Crossties Carnival with fun rides and games for the kids. The carnival will be running from Thursday through Saturday, February 18.

Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash
Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash
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On Saturday it's the big Mardi Gras celebration downtown. The fun will begin at 10 AM. There will be tons of food trucks and vendors all day at Festival Plaza. Then at 3 PM get ready for the Mardi Gras Parade. There are over 50 entries in the parade.

This means that all day Saturday there will be plenty of events, food and fun to be had.

Photo by Hasmik Ghazaryan Olson on Unsplash
Photo by Hasmik Ghazaryan Olson on Unsplash
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Want to know where the best places downtown to view the parade? Here is a map of the parade route downtown. It will start at the corner of Broad Street and Hazel then travel down on Front Street. The route will then go north on Olive Street to State Line then turn east onto 4th Street and continue on 4th to Walnut Street.

Texarkana Mardi Gras
Texarkana Mardi Gras
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Floats will start lining up at 2 PM. You can keep up to date on all the activities at the Mardi Gras Texarkana Facebook page and for carnival information at Crossties Facebook page.  

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