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Fun For All Ages At Mardi Gras At The Beach

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Pier Park transformed into Bourbon Street for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras at the Beach festivities.

"I've been in New Orleans, which is suppose to be the best," says Pat Gille."But I like it better here."

Between the music, the beads, and "Alexis," the parrot stealing some of the spotlight...another thing that seemed to be on many minds...

"Masks," says 4  year old Saleh Moore, who is hoping to add one to her very limited collection.

"I really have a bunch of dress up stuff, but I don't have any masks," says Moore. "Just one mask."

Dressing the part is how many including snowbird Pat Gille gets into the spirit.

"I got the glasses and the parrot," says Gille. "I'm a parrot head, so I got the necklace."

With the colorful disguises lining the streets, it's hard not to dress up. 

The Mardi Gras at the Beach organization hopes to make the coastal version of the popular festival the number one place to celebrate.

"New Orleans has a lot more people, but the quality we have is just as good," says John Dunaway, a member who was crowned King of the Krewe of Dominique Youx. "You know what they don't have? A beach."

"So we do it just as good as New Orleans?"

"Better," says Gille.

This is the third year Pier Park hosted the Mardi Gras at the Beach festival and it's sister organization the Krewe of Dominique Youx, which is the original krewe of Bay county established 27 years ago.

Again, hundreds of people, no matter their age came out to experience it for themselves.

This upcoming Tuesday is officially Mardi Gras which means Fat Tuesday in English. The day will mark the end of the festivities in Bay county and in New Orleans before they begin again next year.