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Fat Tuesday is two parades in two cities – that’s a lot of beads and confetti. The Norman Mardi Gras Parade is back for the 19th year. Starting at the corner of Jones Avenue and Main Street in Norman, the march of bands, dancers, fanciful floats and entertainers moves east on Main Street and turns south on Crawford Avenue before veering west on Comanche Street back to Jones. Parade entries will be judged on such categories as Best Marchers, Best Music, Best Unidentified Rolling Object and Best Doggie Gras. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Go to to read about more taking place around the parade. Tulsa’s Blue Dome Mardi Gras Parade isn’t as long-standing as Norman’s big party, but after 4 years, word has spread and continues to bring out larger crowds each successive year. Why should it be any different in 2013? Area organizations, clubs, business and groups get into the New Orleans-state-of-groove through the Blue Dome District (roughly First and Second streets between Cincinnati and Elgin avenues). Remember, this is a family event, so no flashing or requests thereof for beads and treats. Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 12). For more, go to or check out the favored pub’s Facebook page.

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