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Mike and Cheryl Zeto were named the King and Queen of Mystique

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Krewe of Krewe’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade on Jan. 30 in downtown Orange at 5:30 p.m. For the 13th year, the traditional Mardi Gras Parade will feature illuminated floats, decorated trailers and Krew members tossing beads, cups and trinkets to spectators along with the Mardi Gras Ball royalty.

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Classic Movie Night continues with the 1969 landmark film Easy Rider on Friday, Jan. 29, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Selected for preservation in 1998 in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, Easy Rider stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as two young hippies who decided to travel cross-country on motorcycles and meet a cast of characters along the way. Written by Fonda, Hopper and Terry Southern, Easy Rider shook up the movie industry during the release year by grossing $19 million.

photo courtesy of Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas

Although the 24th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration in Port Arthur will be competing with Super Bowl 50 weekend this year, the event is as exciting as ever with Grammy Award-winning artist Wayne Toups returning to the area to play the event Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Toups is one of many concerts scheduled during the four days of Mardi Gras fun.

French Quarter Bar & Grill

When thinking of the French Quarter in New Orleans, good times, great music and the best food around come to mind. And with Mardi Gras right around the corner, what better time to visit Southeast Texas’ own little slice of the Big Easy right off I-10 East in Vidor — French Quarter Bar & Grill at 500 South St.?

General Tso’s Chicken is served on a bed of broccoli.

When Mike Mak’s father, S.K., and mother, Nancy, emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States, the couple was looking for the perfect city to start a new restaurant. After living in Chicago for a short time, S.K. hoped to find some place with a little more temperate climate.

“He didn’t like the cold weather,” Mike says.