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Mardi Gras Festivities Begin in St. Andrews

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While Fat Tuesday is not quite here yet, the Mardi Gras celebrations have already begun here in Bay County.

The Mardi Gras spirit in St. Andrews was overwhelming as more than 30 floats paraded down the street, tossing beads and candy at the crowd.

"I like the family atmosphere," says Charlie Coram, a participant of the event. "I like seeing the kids; their face brightens up every time you throw them beads."

Following the parade, the festivities continued, with something for everyone.

"We really focused on trying to make this a family event," says Andy Wise, a co-organizer of the event. "We've got bouncy houses,slides, pony rides. We've got swings. All sorts of food that the kids will like."

You cant forget the Cajun Cook-off that is raising money for the king and queen's charity the Sunrise Community.

I've got shrimp. I've got chicken. I've got sausage. I've got rise tomatoes, onions, bell peppers. I've got a friend... that makes a special hot sauce that we've got in there," says Coram.

And if you missed the excitement Friday night, things will start back up at 10:00am Saturday morning.

Event organizers say the Mardi Gras Parade and Festival continues to grow each year.