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Mardi Gras celebrations start this weekend

1 p.m.-midnight Saturday

Automobile Building, Fair Park

1010 First Ave.


$32.50 in advance; $40 at the door; parking $10

214-421-2021; www.mardigrasdfw.com

2nd annual Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade

4 p.m. Sunday

Route starts at Methodist Medical Center, corner of Beckley Avenue and Colorado Boulevard




Fat Tuesday at the Mansion

6:30 p.m. Feb. 16

Stonegate Mansion

4100 Stonegate Blvd.

Fort Worth

$50 per person, RSVP by Wednesday

817-392-2650; www.fwsistercities.org

Posted 7:53am on Thursday, Feb. 04, 2010

If you think you need to go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, guess again. You don't even need to go as far as Galveston (www.mardigrasgalveston.com), though it's probably the best-known in the state for such a party. There's revelry all over North Texas: the country-music Mardi Gras Texas Style at Dallas' Fair Park on Saturday, with 20 bands (including Eli Young Band and Jason Boland) on four stages; Oak Cliff Mardi Gras featuring a parade through Dallas' Bishop Arts District at 4 p.m. Sunday; and Fat Tuesday at the Mansion, a party featuring Brave Combo at Fort Worth's Stonegate Mansion on Feb. 16.

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