The Village of Baytowne Wharf is your Mardi Gras destination

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM.

Fat Tuesday is the most festive day of the year, so plan to pull out your favorite masks and Mardi Gras garb. Don’t forget to yell "throw me some beads mister" as locals, homeowners and guests get into the spirit and march down Main Street in majestically decorated cars, golf carts and floats.

Balconies will be packed with anxious partygoers, so be ready to catch an assortment of beads, moon pies and other trinkets.

The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers and throws, followed by parties at other Baytowne Wharf favorites.

To take part in either parade, visit

"I am amazed at how the community embraces being a part of the parades," Byrd said. "Participants create elaborate golf carts, have amazing costumes and always entertain the crowds."

As the ceremonial wrap to the Mardi Gras celebration, gumbo lovers are in for a tasty treat during the annual gumbo festival. From 12 to 4 p.m., food aficionados can tour the gumbo creations from various Gulf Coast restaurants, such as 790 on the Gulf and 98 BBQ.

Spend the day sampling gumbo while dancing to the sweet sounds of Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe from 6 - 8 p.m.

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