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Mardi Gras in the Cowboy Capital
| Bandera, Texas | February 2011

Once again, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar is bringing the dancinest, liveliest Mardi Gras celebration to the Texas Hill Country.

Located in downtown Bandera, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar has an unassuming storefront that doesn’t appear to be much more than a little local hangout. Step inside and around back, and you will find the largest outdoor dance floor in Texas! With two stages, four bars and four fire pits and lots of room to shake yo’ thang, there is never a dull moment!

For the last several years, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar has been hosting the Cowboy Mardi Gras, and this year promises to be the best one yet! Growing exponentially every year, this party is one you don’t want to miss!

The Cowboy Mardi Gras began humbly, eight years ago, with only a few in attendance. The celebration was the creation of the 11th Street Cowboy Bar’s past owners who were from the great state of Louisiana, who wanted to bring Mardi Gras out of the bayou and into the Hill Country and laissez les bon temps roulez! Combining the traditions of the Cajun celebration with the traditions of dance halls and cook-offs of the Grand Old State of Texas, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar cooked up a creation that has continued to satisfy hundreds, with more and more coming every year.

When James McGroarty purchased the 11th Street Cowboy Bar six years ago, not wanting to let the celebration die, he took charge of the Cowboy Mardi Gras and propelled it into the success it is today. Hosted solely by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, the Cowboy Mardi Gras has exploded in the last couple of years. People from all walks of life come out to enjoy the parade, costume contest, food, company, and of course–the music!

While the Gumbo is cooking, the party will start revving up at 10am with a muster call inviting all those who wish to participate to join in the parade, an event that has grown to include horses, motorcycles, floats, and people dressed in all forms of Mardi Gras-inspired costumes. One year there were even 24 singing Elvis impersonators from Texas Tech! Nobody is turned away, and everybody is guaranteed to have a great time. The parade will start at noon at the river, go down Main Street, and circle back to where the crowd will gather at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar.

Kicking off Friday, February 25, Waylon Thibodeaux and the Original Bourbon Street Cajuns will wow audiences with their mix of Cajun, Louisianan, and Zydeco music. Waylon is self-taught, and at just 16, was named champion of the state fiddling competition, and his talent has earned him the title of “Louisiana’s Rockin Fiddler.”

With years of experience and a natural talent, Thibodeaux will not disappoint.

On Saturday, Zydeco Blanco, a local band consisting of a colorful group of musicians who have come together to produce a unique sound, will be performing. No matter your taste in music, these guys will have you dancing with their laid-back stage presence and seemingly nonstop playing. Truly fun to listen to and even better to watch!

After the costume contest, and the Gumbo Cook Off, Waylon Thibodeaux and his band will take to the stage once again and will turn the party up!

If you haven’t been to Cowboy Mardi Gras, you have missed out. Don’t let another year go by without crashing this party!

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The Texas Hill Country, sun splashed hills rolling into the distance, is home to historic towns bursting with character, personalities, and great things to do.
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