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February 23, 2014

Norman Mardi Gras Parade celebrating 20 years of fun on Main Street

NORMAN — Enjoy a little bit of Bourbon Street right in Norman during the 20th Norman Mardi Gras Parade 7-8:30 p.m. March 1 in Downtown Norman.

Themed “Come Together! Que l’on se Rassemble” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, Norman’s only nighttime parade will entertain crowds this year with elaborate floats, live music and colorful costumes.

Aimee Rook, parade coordinator, said the family-friendly event is a free way to get out and enjoy the community.

“It’s just a hoot to watch people kick up their heels, have fun and be silly,” she said.

Rook said Ed Kearns was selected as this year’s king of the parade because of his art and humanitarian efforts in the community. Jeanne Flanigan was chosen as the queen because for her support in creative community events and her assistance with veteran art programs.

For both parade participants and spectators, masks and costumes are highly encouraged, Rook said. Musicians and artists are also urged to join the fun by performing on the street or in local venues.

Submissions for marching groups, rolling floats, dog-walking or “doggie gras,” lights and music, are strongly encouraged.

Registration is $25 per krewe and is due no later than Tuesday. Dog krewes and sponsors enter for free. Masks, music, lights and real beads are strongly encouraged. All entries can be made at normanmardigrasparade.com.

The parade route starts at Jones Avenue and East Main Street moving east toward South Crawford Avenue, turns south on South Crawford Avenue and then south on East Comanche Street before looping around the block again.

Along the parade route, Jazz in June is kicking off another season with fundraiser “Meet Me On Bourbon Street” 6-9 p.m. March 1 at Shevaun Williams & Associates Studio, 221 E. Main St. The evening includes live music by The Boyd Street Brass, buffet and wine. Tickets, $50, are available at jazzinjune.org.

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