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Let It Bead! Mardi Gras In The Tower District

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

The Mardi Gras parade in Fresno's Tower District is a sixteen year tradition.  Organizers say it's a neighborhood event that can't be duplicated anywhere in town or the Valley.

The theme was a little different this year, Mardi Gras in space. But the more creative people like Jessica and Dave showed they had the right stuff.  "Of course we love any excuse to put on a costume.   It's such a fun day to see all our friends and all the people who come to visit the neighborhood."

The parade is all about being colorful and collecting beads.  It seems everyone on floats had a ready supply.  There was no such thing as one at a time.  People on floats heaved them by the hand full.

Joey Arriola calls himself the official, unofficial voice of the Tower.  "They don't do anything like this anywhere in town.   This is the only place in the Valley that we do something like this.   It's just a neighborhood thing.   There are no neighborhoods like this anywhere."

The turnout was huge.   It was a sea of people on Olive Avenue between Fruit and Maroa.   Bat Lord and his girlfriend Angel, wouldn't miss it.  "Self expression and it's just an ultimate celebration.   This is one of those awesome times where people get to balance their spirituality and their fun."

It was a parade that had a little bit of everything.   Floats, a fire eating man, Herbie the Love Bug, and a few thousand people just having fun.

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