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Jo-el Sonnier at Mardi Gras in Texarkana – What You Need to Know

Texarkana's community Mardi Gras celebration is scheduled for Saturday March 1 in downtown Texarkana with parades, vendors and live music including headliner Jo-el Sonnier. Here are all of the details you need to know.

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Texarkana Mardi Gras to Feature Cajun Artist Jo-El Sonnier [VIDEO]

Jo-El Sonnier is no stranger to Cajun music. Ask anyone in the state of Louisiana and chances are, they know who you are talking about.

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Getty Images,Mario Tama
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Mardi Gras Upriver in Historic Jefferson, Texas Starts Feb.28

It's almost Mardi Gras time in historic Jefferson, Texas. The Krewe of Hebe presents "Mardi Gras Upriver 2014" Feb. 28 and Mar. 1-2. One of my favorite place to visit in East Texas surrounded by the beauty of the piney woods.

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Getty Images/ Justin Sullivan
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Second Annual Mardi Gras Festival And Parade March 1

It's Mardi Gras time! The second annual Texarkana Mardi Gras is coming up on Saturday, March 1 at Front Street Festival Plaza in Downtown Texarkana.

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Mardi Gras Hits Texarkana with Parades, Music and More at Front Street Plaza

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Texarkana for the very first festival ever to be held in the Twin Cities!  Be on Front Street to catch the thousands of throws during the Krewe of Koinonia parade. Below is the schedule of events and list of vendors that will be at this event.

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‘Krewe of Koinonia’ Sets The Stage For Mardi Gras Fun in Texarkana Feb. 9 [UPDATE]

Front Street Festival Plaza in historical downtown Texarkana, Arkansas is making history with its First Annual Front Street Texarkana Mardi Gras Festival, Parade, and Street Dance. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 9, because Mardi Gras will provide some great fun for families as well as those that like to party it up.

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Texarkana is Gearing For First Ever Mardi Gras Parade & Festival

It used to be you had to drive to Shreveport to get a little flavor of the Mardi Gras season. Well, no more because the city of Texarkana, Ark. is putting together its first ever Mardi Gras Festival and Parade on Saturday, Feb. 9.

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Mardi Gras Around The World
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Mardi Gras Around The World [VIDEO]

Did you think Mardi Gras was strictly a New Orleans thing? Think again.

In Belgium Mardi Gras is the most important day of the year. Belgians celebrate the Carnival of Binche in the city of Binche, which features lots of music and dancing.

Sweden celebrates Fettisdagen, translating to "Fat Tuesday."

In Canada Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, especially in the french-speaking Quebec, where the Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the most iconic of Canadian festivals.

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Do You Know the History of Mardi Gras? [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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