The common Mardi Gras slogan is “Laissez les bon temps rouler” or “let the good times roll” and Henderson residents did not disappoint. 

Henderson’s historic downtown district played host to the 7th Annual Main Street Mardi Gras from 2 - 6 p.m. Saturday and while the turnout was slightly smaller and mother nature decided to bring on the mist, the party was not lacking. 

The rich aroma of the many gumbo pots and buckets of crawfish with all the fixings met you long before you hit the gates to enter the event. 

Inside that chain-link boundary was a world of green, yellow and purple. From feather boas and fuzzy feet to fringed everything, Henderson party-goers felt the true Fat Tuesday spirit. 

Zydeco beats and oooh wees were aplenty as friends, couples, and even the single ladies danced their hearts out to the accordion-filled tunes of the Swampland Zydeco Band. 

The beer garden and cakewalk were a big hit but the true star of the day was the gumbo and those giant plates of crawfish special to the Hushpuppies tent. 

The bedazzled crew from the Henderson Civic Theatre took first place in the gumbo cook-off with brand new restaurant Louisiana Style Foods taking second, and Texas Bank coming in third. 



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