Best free family Mardi Gras events in Dallas and Ft. Worth 2017
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Mardi Gras is a time of feasting and celebration, but don't be fooled...you don't have to be in New Orleans to have a good time

Plenty of organizations throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth will celebrate Mardi Gras during the last weekend of February and there is no shortage of family-friendly events happening through the area. Following are just a few events you should check out if you're looking for a good Mardi Gras celebration for the whole family..

City of Lake Dallas’ Mardi Gras 2017
Feb. 24 @ 5 p.m.
Lake Dallas City Hall — 212 Main St., Lake Dallas, Texas 75065

Celebrate Mardi Gras at this community event at Lake Dallas City Hal which will include a parade, music, food, and family fun. As with proper Mardi Gras tradition, beads will be tossed from the decorated floats to the delight of the crowd. Spectators will be encouraged to wear purple, green, and orange — the colors of Mardi Gras. Popular events will include a mask judging contest and crawfish eating contest. N’awlins Gumbo Kings will headline the musical entertainment with  New Orleans style jazz.

Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade
Feb.26 @ 4 p.m.
West Davis St. — Oak Cliff, Texas 75208

The Mardi Gras Parade in Oak Cliff, a family-friendly event, is the largest community event held in Oak Cliff, a Borough of Dallas, as stated on the even't website. The site also estimates 10,000 spectators and who will enjoy the many community groups featured at the event. Mardi Gras beads will be thrown from floats and caught by excited spectators.

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade and Festival
Feb. 26 @ 12:30 p.m.
Historic Downtown McKinney — McKinney, Texas 75069

The 15th annual Krewe of Barkus dog parade will be themed “Barkus Gone Bad – a Salute to Our Favorite Villains.” The dog-friendly event will be fun for the entire family. Costumed dogs and their owners will parade through Historic Downtown McKinney at this colorful event. The legendary Krewe of Barkus parade in New Orleans is the inspiration for the parade in McKinney. Animal rescue groups will be at the event to promoting dog adoption. About 250 dogs will participate in Krewe of Barkus Parade, a family event attended by over 4.500 people, per Krewe of Barkus. The parade will start to line up at 12:30 p.m. and will begin at 2 p.m.