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Ruston presents its 3rd annual Jazzin' It Up Mardi Gras Parade and Festival

Junior Auxiliary of Ruston members Victoria Kent and Morgan Thornhill joined with Jessica discussing Ruston's 3rd annual Mardi Gras parade and festival. Source: (KNOE)
Junior Auxiliary of Ruston members Victoria Kent and Morgan Thornhill joined with Jessica discussing Ruston's 3rd annual Mardi Gras parade and festival. Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 8:25 AM CST
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Mardi Gras festivities continue in the ArkLaMiss as Ruston kicks off their 3rd annual Mardi Gras parade and festival.

Junior Auxiliary of Ruston members Victoria Kent and Morgan Thornhill say exciting things are underway in this year’s Jazzin’ It Up Mardi Gras Parade and Festival.

This year’s theme is the roaring '20s, inspired by the year 2020. With Mardi Gras celebrated all across Louisiana, Ruston wanted its own celebration to bring to the city.

“It started as a provisional project and a financial fundraiser for our group and we took it and said we need Mardi Gras in Ruston, Louisiana,” said Thornhill.

They say, each year, the parade has gotten bigger attendance-wise and continues to add new components.

Kent says this year’s new additions are the jambalaya cook-off, a 5K at Lincoln Parish Park, and some contests.

Chefs from the area will get a chance to showcase their best jambalaya. To taste, it will cost $5 for each taste.

The Mardi Gras second line will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Railroad Park and will lead to the parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and goes into downtown Ruston.

There will be the kids’ zone from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. jugglers, face paint artists, balloons, magicians, hula-hoops ladies, craft vendors, food trucks and more.

On the main stage, Kent says there will be tons of live entertainment from local troops to performers and band artists.

This year’s shirt design will feature Megan Price's design and logo. Price’s design will also be on t-shirts, PR material and posters.

To purchase stop by My Happy Place, Uptown Downtown, Ruston Chamber, 2High Trampoline Park.

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