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.The Krew of Paws & Little Rascals Parade will kick things off with a walking parade that will feature kids and pets starting at 2 p.m. Then at 4 p.m. the Krew of Koinonia Grand Parade will feature theme music: Musical Icons.

And to top off the day live music and street dancing with the Captain Joe Band immediately follows the parade.

If your business, civic organization  school, group, antique car and motorcycle club or church would like to participate in the Mardi Gras Parade please contact Charlotte Hartwell at (903) 490-7859 or go to their Facebook page for more information.

Note: No vendor or parade fees