Besides all the great Mardi Gras Balls going on this weekend in SW La. there's some other wonderful events to celebrate the Carnival Season. Saturday The Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration kicks off at 8a.m. Then a Gumbo Cookoff at 10a.m. A parade at 1p.m. ending at the KC Hall where the gumbo cookoff judging will begin at 1:30 p.m.


The Annual Mardi Gras Run in Gueydan is sponsored by the Krewe de la Originales et Les Enfants and the Duck Festival Association features an early morning chicken run,lunch, live music, an auction and dance. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and the dance at 5 p.m.