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Have you always wanted to take your kids to Mardi Gras, but worried that it sends the wrong message about drinking, sex, self-respect, growing up, and human life in general? Well, you might be better off with CocoWalk’s free family-oriented Mardi Gras party, which celebrates the complex’s grand reopening this weekend.

Tonight from 6:30 to 11:00 and tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 pm., Cajun, zydeco, and swamp bands will bring that Big Easy vibe to CocoWalk. The party’s headliners, including former members of classic rock radio staples Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, and Blue Öyster Cult (bring your own cowbell) will play at 6:30 Saturday evening. Family-friendly entertainers, including magicians, fortune tellers, caricaturists, and balloon sculptors, will keep the kiddies occupied, while big boys and girls can grab a few drinks and make “Mimes Gone Wild” jokes at the complex’s upstairs bars.
April 20-21


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