Jumbo Gumbo sampling at Mardi Gras

Jumbo Gumbo sampling at Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras 2017

Who will be the big winner at the Mardi Gras Jumbo Gumbo cookoff? No matter what the judges say, samplers can taste for themselves. Judging and public sampling will be at 1 p.m. the Saturday of the festival.

What else is going on? Plan to catch concerts and a choreographed laser show each night of Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, Feb. 23-26, in downtown Port Arthur. Graphics, dimensional aerial fans, waves and beam matrix laser effects combine with a musical soundtrack.

The Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series Classic Kickoff, with4 p.m.  live weigh ins Feb. 24-26 and decorated boat “floats” in Saturday’s Majestic Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade, is another new feature.

Get to Port Arthur as Mardi Gras celebrates 25 Years of Enchantment.

The band schedule includes:

Thursday, Feb. 23

* 6 p.m. – Rhythm of the Heart

* 8 p.m.  – Bag of Donuts

Friday, Feb. 24

* 10:30 p.m. – Casey Donahew

Saturday, Feb. 25

* 3:30 p.m. – Tin Pan Alley

* 5:30 p.m. – Step Rideau

* 8:30 p.m. – Livin’ Proof

* 10:30 p.m. – Granger Smith

Sunday, Feb. 26

* 3:30 p.m. – Junior Gordon Band

* 6:30 p.m. – Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers


Look for the return of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Concerts include Bag of Donuts, Casey Donahew and Granger Smith. A KidZone, carnival rides and gumbo cook off will make this 25th anniversary edition epic.

Look for updates at www.visitportarthurtx.com

Visit Museum of the Gulf Coast, by festival grounds, to experience our musical heritage including Janis Joplin, Clifton Chenier, George Jones and the Big Bopper.

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