downtown Port Arthur

The 25th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will be bigger and better than ever when the festivities kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23, and last through the weekend ending Sunday, Feb. 26. All the festivities take place in downtown Port Arthur.

There’s plenty of food with more than 40 vendors, which include pork kabobs, corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, burgers, anything on a stick and of course plenty of pistolettes.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and the first parade will be the Lamar State College Port Arthur Parade that starts at the Carl Parker Center. 

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast is hosting a Holiday Extravaganza "Jingle All the Way" Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Jingle All the Way" will include Christmas carriage rides as well as arts and crafts and games. A free screening of the 1989 film Prancer will be shown at 12:30 pm.

"Carriage rides are on a first come, first serve basis with the last ride at 1:30," the Museum of the Gulf Coast said in a release. One free museum gift per family will be offered while supplies last.

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Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal knew when he took the job a year ago it wouldn’t be simple to revitalize a storm-damaged Port Arthur and make it a popular tourist destination, but he did not know about the public corruption he would have to help stamp out during the rebuilding process.

But he says he’s still up to the challenge and sees a bright future for his city.

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