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Mardi Gras Oak Cliff 2012 Promises a Little Workout and Lots of Gluttony

With the Super Bowl out of the way, our attention now turns to the next excuse to eat, drink and be gluttonous: Mardi Gras.

The non-profit organization Go Oak Cliff is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff February 18 and 19 with several different events planned.

Dash for the Beads on Saturday will have both a 5K run and 1-mile walk/run. Creative costumes are highly encouraged. Registration is $25 today, $30 thereafter. Pooches and kids can also participate for $5 and $12, respectively. Plus dogs get a celebratory bandana. Kids get beads, we assume.

Afterwards there is an all day Mardi Gras beer garden party at Lockhart Smokehouse.

On Sunday at 4 p.m. there will be a parade, benefiting Fido Oak Cliff, which is raising money for a dog park. The parade route runs along Davis Street from Montclair to Madison. Obviously all types of crazy are highly encouraged and everyone is invited to catch beads. Visit their website for more intel.

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Oak Cliff Advocate's Rachel Stone has the scoop on a crawfish boil on Sunday in the Bishop Arts District. Chef Michelle Carpenter of Zen Sushi has recruited her family from Louisiana to cook over 700 pounds of crawfish. Details from the OC Advocate's page:

Because last year's crawfish boil was a smashing success, Michelle's Uncle Wayne will be showcasing his brand new, custom-built crawfish trailer with three cookers and a wash station, designed to steam up to 3,000 pounds of mud bugs an hour.

The crawfish boil is $15 a pound and includes corn on the cob and taters. King cake and gumbo will also be available. No pre-sale tickets this year. Just show up hungry.

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