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Mardi Gras At The Beach To Kick Off Friday

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Mardi Gras at the beach will kick off in just a couple days at pier park which will include entertainment, food, and lots of beads.

For the last 3 to 4 months the Mardi Gras at the beach committee and the Krewe of Dominique Youx have held a meeting every week for planning.

However,  they aren't the only ones getting ready.

"We're swapping the decks, getting everything ready," says owner of Hook'd, Christine McLaughlin.

With a coat of fresh paint and some retouching of their tables, Hook'd is prepping for a busy weekend, which is well welcomed in the off-season.

"A little extra kicking of the cash flow can't hurt a thing," says McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says the Mardi Gras festivities right across the street will also help prep them for Spring Breakers.

"We love the idea that we have a little trial run before spring," explains McLaughlin, "Couple weeks before it really kicks in, its wonderful, we love it."

Mardi Gras At The Beach kicks off at noon this Friday at Pier Park with Bay County's original krewe, the Krewe of Dominique Youx, leading the parade.  

"There's gonna be lots of beads, tens of thousands of beads," says John Dunaway, or Dominique Youx, the 27th. He was crowned King last week.

Dunaway says M Gras at the Beach is a family friendly event.

"We got a whole vender village, which we call our Bourbon Street vender village, where there will be food and things to buy and of course everything at Pier Park is there too," says Dunaway. "We'll have full blown entertainment each day, we got a bunch of bands that will be playing off the stage."

Festivities will also include costume contests and fireworks along with plenty of colorful strands to add to your collection.

"If you go without beads, it's because you weren't paying attention," says Dunaway.

For a full schedule of events,visit