Texarkana Mardi Gras 2017 – Everything You Need to Know


Thousands are expected to enjoy the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration in downtown Texarkana on Saturday, February 2017 at Front Street Plaza with live music, all of the food, lots of vendors and activities and admission is free for everyone!

2017 is the fifth year for our official Mardi Gras event in Texarkana and takes place this year on Saturday, February 25. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with carnival-style games, lots of food and retail vendors and kids activities including bounce houses. There will be fun activities for all that include face painting, Geauxbubbles with those giant bubbles, clothing, jewelry, and of course a lot of Mardi Gras items. There will also be a wide variety of food items available this year including crawfish from Scottie’s Grill, loaded potatoes, kettle corn, cajun food items, burgers, turkey legs, yogurt all of the “carnival foods” and more.

Parades Schedule
Little Rascals & Pets – 12:00 p.m.
Car Parade – 2:00 p.m.
Grand Parade – 3:00 p.m.



The band Dixie Bent will take the stage at 12:30, directly after the Lil Rascals Kid and Pet Parade, which will start at 12:00. The auto parade will be at 2:00 p.m. and the main parade begins at 3:00 p.m. with Pelican 212 leading it off. The band will then perform on front St in the plaza area directly after the parade until 5:00 pm.

Event Organizer Deanna O’Malley adds,

This is Texarkana’s 5th Mardi Gras and it has always been family friendly and one of the most successful events we have. We hope families will continue to come out and have fun and hope more than anything the weather will continue to cooperate with us to make it a great day for everyone.



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