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Texarkana kicks off inaugural Mardi Gras parade


Louisiana isn't the only place getting down for Mardi Gras. Texas and Arkansas also are getting in on the fun.

Texarkana, Arkansas is kicking off its first Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.

"We really don't know what we are doing, but we are excited about the Mardi Gras," says one float worker.

Texarkana, Arkansas residents are preparing for their first Mardi Gras parade.

"I have never done a float before," another float worker says.

Parade organizer Charlotte Hartwell says, "Our crew is called the Krewe of Koinonia, and it is the Greek word for 'unity,' which is my goal -- to get the twin cities united and stay unified."

There are 78 entries in the parade. Many on Friday were putting the final touch on their floats. The parade theme is music icons.

One parade participant will march as The Monkeys from the 1960s. Another will perform as Diana Ross.

The parade route starts at East Broad and Front streets and runs along Front Street. Most of the goodies will be tossed to crowds there. The route continues its way through other downtown streets before coming to an end at East Broad and Senator streets.

"You are going to hear real singers, and you are going to see lip-synching on all these floats. And it's going to be a blast. Hope to see everyone here, and let's let the good times roll," says parade organizer Charlotte Hartwell.

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