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Laissez les bons temps rouler, Texas style

Written by , published February 1, 2013

Fat Tuesday isn't until Feb. 12, but why wait until then to let the good times roll? Mardi Gras events are popping up across Texas this weekend, complete with parades, costumes, and Cajun-style food and music. Festivities include:

 Krewe members interact with the crowd at Mardi Gras in Port Arthur.

Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston, Feb. 1-12

Bandera: Cowboy Mardi Gras, Feb. 1-3

Port ArthurMardi Gras Southeast Texas, Feb. 7-10

JeffersonMardi Gras Upriver, Feb. 8-10

LamarLamardi Gras, Feb. 8-9

Crystal Beach: Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 9

KemahYachty Gras Boat Parade, Feb. 9

NoconaMardi Gras Nocona Style, Feb. 9

WaxahachieMardi Gras on the Square, Feb. 9

McKinneyKrewe of Barkus Costumed Dog Parade, Feb. 10

KerrvilleMardi Gras on Main and Fat Tuesday with Jo-El Sonnier, Feb. 12

Since Texas is a melting pot of so many cultures, there are some other flavors of this pre-Lenten celebration to try. In Austin, there's Carnaval Brasiliero on Feb. 2, which is one of the largest such celebrations outside of Brazil. You can also experience the German take on the festivities at Fasching Week, Feb. 2-12 in Fredericksburg.

Now, who can help me translate "let the good times roll" into Portuguese and German? I try to be prepared for anything.

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