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Can’t make it east to Louisiana for the wild, raucous Mardi Gras festivities? The Cowboy Mardi Gras bash in BanderaFeb. 1-3, features the traditions you know and love—like zydeco bands; Cajun food; and plenty of purple, green, and gold beaded necklaces—but with a distinct twist that only the Cowboy Capital of the World can provide. The 13th annual event is a great excuse to don your mask and boots for three days of dining, dancing, and merriment. Eat to your hearts’ content at the gumbo cookoff, dress your canine to the nines for the dog costume contest, and cheer on floats as they make their way down the parade route.

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