A month from now, organizers and supporters are hoping Franklin Street will be buzzing with folks out celebrating Mardi Gras through a variety of events.
Even the Evansville Convention and Visitor's Bureau is helping promote the event in other cities.
The festivities kick off Saturday, February 22 with a gumbo cook off. 14 different businesses along Franklin will host 14 local non-profits to see who's got the best gumbo. For $10, you can try all 28 recipes and cast your vote. All money raised will go to the non-profits.
Then the following Friday, it's the second annual Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl. Last year about 5,000 people showed up. Free taxi rides home will be available.
Everything wraps up with a brand new event, the Mardi Gras grand parade on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Officials say there are already more than 40 floats signed up.
Both the Evansville Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Franklin Street Events Association see the event growing and growing. They're looking to double the turnout from last year.
"Last year after the inaugural event, we saw such a need for this, such a deserve that people wanted to do this. We can easily see in the next 5-10 years, this growing to a 15, 20, 25-thousand person event over time," said Amy Word, the President of the Franklin Street Events Association.
There is certainly a lot going on.
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