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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Mardi Gras

  • Booths are needed for the Leesville Main Street District's inaugural Mardi Gras Carnival, which is set to  compliment a gumbo cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Third Street Market in historic downtown Leesville. Both events precede the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Parade to roll through downtown at 2 p.m.


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  • Booths are needed for the Leesville Main Street District's inaugural Mardi Gras Carnival, which is set to  compliment a gumbo cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Third Street Market in historic downtown Leesville. Both events precede the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Parade to roll through downtown at 2 p.m.
    The carnival, a family-friendly event, is a way of introducing Mardi Gras to local folks and Army families who aren't familiar with the event, said Cathy Sage, organizer.
    "The carnival will  be much like a children's school carnival with simple prizes and games like a duck pond or football toss,"  she said. "This is an opportunity for non profits to have a booth."
    For $25, which will help offset the cost of the gumbo cook-off, organizations can provide a booth with games and prizes to entertain children of all ages. Organizations can keep their proceeds, said Sage.
    The gumbo cook-off itself will feature two gumbo categories: 1) Seafood and 2) Chicken and Sausage with awards for first, second and honorable mention. The rules are simple. No electricity can be used, and the roux has to be made at the cook-off. Chefs, or chef teams are allowed to cook and cut up their meats and vegetables before coming to the cook-off.
    Each of the chefs can enter a Mardi Gras-themed best decorated tent contest.
    Anyone wanting to participate and needing more information can contact the Leesville Main Street office at 337-392-1776 or call Cathy Sage at 378-5301 or email her at cfsage86@yahoo.com for an application.
    To enter a float in the Mardi Gras parade, provide an entry form and fee of $20 to the Chamber of Commerce.
    All entries are to be decorated for Mardi gras; costumes and throwing  beads is encouraged.
    During line up for the parade, Berry Avenue and Mechanic Street will become one way beginning at noon. Traffic will go South on Berry from Leesville High School.
    A single entry judged Best of Parade will be given an award.
    Alcoholic beverages, weapons or offensive materials are strictly prohibited.
    For an entry fee contact the Chamber of Commerce at 238-0349.
     

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