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Let the Good Times Roll In Palestine!

Let the Good Times Roll In Palestine!

Palestine — Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler in Historic Downtown Palestine! This Saturday, Feb.11, at 5:00 p.m. the 2nd Annual Main Street and Mardi Gras Parade will begin its procession in the Palestine Main Street District. This year’s parade is set to offer more for with new floats, live music and a Family Fun Zone from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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.This year, four New Orleans-style parade floats, along with 20 other parade entries and plenty of clowns will parade through the streets of Historic Downtown Palestine.  The newest float depicts a Texas longhorn from Anderson County named Bocephus, who is the suitor of the Krewe’s French female longhorn Bosephine float.

This year’s celebration will also feature jazz bands. The Jaywalkers, an eight-person jazz marching band from New Orleans, will be playing live in the parade. Onlookers are encouraged to join the band in the processional. The Bluebirds, a jazz group from Shreveport which appeared in last year’s parade, will also be playing in the parade from atop their float. A Mariachi band also will be adding to the festivities.

Enjoy the New Family Fun Zone this year, too! There will be bounce houses, shows and interactive displays by Explore! The Mobile Children’s Museum , an interactive exotic animal show by The Creature Teacher, face painting, noisemaker arts and crafts table, and popcorn and bubblegum doubloons. The Family Fun Zone will be located in the Redland’s Parking lot at 302 W. Oak St., across from Texas Art Depot and Granny Muffin Wines.

The parade will start at the Anderson County Courthouse and make its way through the Main Street District to the Visitor Center.

For more information regarding the Mardi Gras parade visit or call the Palestine Visitors Center at 903-723-3014. Line the Palestine Main Street District on Facebook to receive regular updates about events in Historic Downtown Palestine.

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