MARDI GRAS Celebrate the spicy flavor of Mardi Gras in Palestine JANUARY 2019 13 N o need to travel to New Orleans for a taste of Mardi Gras. You can catch some of its flavor Saturday, Feb. 23, at Palestine’s Mardi Gras on Main. Enjoy the flavors of downtown Palestine, while touring the city and shop- ping. This year’s Mardi Gras celebration will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Main Street District. Culinary demonstrations and tastings will start at 2 p.m. at the Redlands featuring a dish from Red Fire Grille. Other businesses participating will be Eilenberger Bakery, Farris’, and Old Magnolia. Along with food and beverage tastings, the culinary demonstrations are free. As the sun sets, Taste of New Orleans visitors can revel in the ninth annual Mystics of Time Mar- di Gras parade, enjoying brightly colored New Orleans-style floats, jazz music, and beads. The parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the private Mystics of Time ball. Enjoy jazz music, floats filled with costumed characters, antique cars, along with parade offerings of Mardi Gras beads, moon pies, candy, and other trinkets thrown from floats and other parade entries. The parade’s theme, chosen by the Mardi Gras king or queen, is kept secret until the day of the celebration. The krewes parade is patterned after the fam- ily-friendly Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, the home of the first Mardi Gras. The parade will start at the Anderson Coun- ty Courthouse, proceed down Avenue A to West Oak Street, and then to the Main Street District and Visitor Center/Farmers Market. For more information, visit the Palestine Visitor Center or call 903-723-3014 For more information, or to request a parade application, contact this year’s Mardi Gras Parade organizer, Terry Johnson at tgjohn- firstname.lastname@example.org, or text at 682-667-3751. Applications must be com- pleted and returned to Terry by email or text attachment by 5 p.m. Feb. 22.