Kathleen Fuller, left, and Anne Marceaux, right, of the Mardi Gras committee of Southeast Texas, sort through boxes of beads in advance of this weekends festivities in downtown Port Arthur.

Kathleen Fuller, left, and Anne Marceaux, right, of the Mardi Gras committee of Southeast Texas, sort through boxes of beads in advance of this weekends festivities in downtown Port Arthur. Photo by Vy Nguyen.

SETX will kick off its 26th annual  Mardi Gras celebration at 5 p.m. today. The event continues through Sunday on Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur, with attractions including parades, concerts, carnival, street entertainment, food and arts and crafts.

What started out as a casual conversation between friends 27 years ago turned into an annual Mardi Gras festivity attended by thousands of SETX locals. Floyd W. Marceaux Southeast Texas Mardi Gras co-founder and treasurer, said Floyd W. Marceaux. 

“We have a six-block area filled with vendors coming from all over the United States including music, games and attractions this weekend,” he said. 

mardigras2_vnThere will also be food booths serving BBQ, kabobs, hamburgers, hotdogs and more. 

Marceaux said the carnival contains State Fair-quality rides for everyone to enjoy. 

The first parade will be held Friday beginning  at 7 p.m. with a minimum of 20 sponsored parade krewes.– The Saturday and Sunday parades will feature between 30-40 krewes, Marceaux said. 

“Sunday is a little different,” he said. “It’s called a ‘truck parade.’ This is where anyone in the community can enter their trucks and automobiles into the parade. Sometimes, we get to around 40 participants.” 

All Mardi Gras krewes are volunteers who create their own floats. 

“There’s no salary paid in Mardi Gras,” he said. 

There will be several concerts over the weekend. 

Longneck Road and Boogie Kings will playi Thursday. Honky Tonk Jones and Roger Creager Band will play Friday. The 4 Ramblers, Little Nathan and The Zydeco Bigtimers, William Clark Green, and Kevin Fowler will be featured Saturday, and J.A.G. and Kenyun and the Zydeco Masters will conclude the festivities on Sunday. 

Gates will open todayt at 5 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at noon and Sunday at 8 p.m. 

Entry tickets are available for a $1 special today. Regular tickets are $15 Friday-Saturday and $10 dollars Sunday. 

For more information, call 721-8717, or visit mardigras.portarthur.com. 

Story by Vy Nguyen, UP contributor

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