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Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Port Arthur

PORT ARTHUR - by Lauren Huet

Thousands of people flocked to downtown Port Arthur today to celebrate Mardi Gras. Young and old enjoyed carnival rides, rows of food vendors, and a huge parade.

"Well I haven't got to ride the rides yet, but the food is real good," said Jagger Adkins, who said his favorite was the fried Oreos. "It's like Oreos that are fried that are covered in powder."

When asked why going to the Mardi Gras festivities was fun, these kids said:

"Because it's fun to just come out ride rides and have fun," said Rhiannon Oderbert.

"I like the food, the parade, that kids collect beads," said Kyreena Oderbert.

"I'm having fun with the rides. I feel like I'm having zillions of fun," said Destiny Ballard.

"This is Mardi Gras, and I'm having a good time!" said Kaden Sparrow.

It was a day long celebration no one wanted to miss. Many have been coming for years.

"I come every year," said Kimberly Oderbert. "It started when I was a teenager, so it's been like sixteen or seventeen years."

"I love it, I always love the Mardi Gras, every year I love the Mardi Gras. It used to be more fun back in New Orleans, but I'll improvise and come to Port Arthur," said Russell Williams, who's celebrated Mardi Gras in Port Arthur for about three years.

Food vendors say the afternoon is busy, but the evening is packed.

"They're going to have a big parade tonight, that's why we expect a lot of people," said Rudy Bermudez, a food vendor. "That's why most of the vendors here, we try to prepare food early so we can serve everybody here."

People lined the streets hours in advance so they wouldn't miss the biggest event of the day, the Mardi Gras parade. Themed two-story floats drove down Woodworth Boulevard and Procter Street. Everyone on the floats threw beaded necklaces to the people lined up alongside the street.

The festivities will continue in Port Arthur tomorrow from noon until 8 p.m.

 

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