The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 25, 2011

Mardi Gras parade set Saturday

PALESTINE — The excitement of Mardi Gras will come alive during the Main Street Palestine Mardi Gras Festival parade on Saturday.

The family-oriented parade will line up at 4 p.m. Saturday at the parking lots of the Palestine Herald-Press and Anderson County Courthouse Annex, which are located on the corner Elm and Lacy streets.

The parade, expected to start around 5 p.m., will go east on Elm Street to Avenue A, south on Avenue A to Oak Street, and west on Oak Street to the Palestine Visitors Center where the parade will disband.

The parade is sponsored by Mystics of Time Mardi Gras Society.

“The floats are quite elaborate — something Palestine has not seen before,” Jean Mollard said.

Trinity Valley Community College’s Dixieland Band will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Old Magnolia Sandwich Shop in the Main Street District in downtown Palestine to entertain people while they shop and wait for the parade.

Main Street Palestine will be full of activity for the event:

• Explore! The Children’s Museum, located at 108 W. Oak St., will open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday  for a special “sneak peek” of the museum and Mardi Gras project event where participants can make their own Mardi Gras mask. Cost is $2.50 per person.

• Artifacts Vintage Finds will have specials, be decorated and offer glittery and glamour jewelry, gloves and feathers for social parties and balls this season.

• Cafe de Monde Coffee will be available at Firefly Pottery.

• Granny Muffin Wines will offer 10 percent off wine bottles and half price on a second glass of wine. Granny Muffin wines also will have beads, masks and Mardi Gras snacks.

• Coed Shop will debut their new spring line debut and off the fall and winter line at 50 percent off.

• Oxbow Bakery and Antiques, Petal’s Florist and General Store and Ye Old Consignment Shop will have a yard sale in Old Town starting at 9 a.m.

• Before the parade, The Ranch House will have a special Happy Hour. After the parade, enjoy drink specials at The Ranch House, as well as, buy one chicken fried steak dinner and get another chicken fried steak half off.

Although the Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for Saturday, Mardi Gras Days in Palestine will be held this week and the following week as stores and businesses will offer specials and feature decorations. Businesses also are participating in a Mardi Gras window display contest.

“We are dedicated to establishing a family friendly atmosphere where families can come to a Mardi Gras celebration for a weekend of activity downtown,” Mollard said. “We hope that the future brings people from all around to Palestine to enjoy our businesses and entertainment for Mardi Gras.”


Residents can get updates about the parade, activities and shopping at or by visiting and clicking on “Upcoming Events.”

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