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Pinckneyville Mardi Gras will make its 91st appearance this weekend in Pinckneyville. The celebration will last two days. Activities begin Friday and run through Saturday night.

Mardi Gras is a hometown celebration started by the Businessmen’s Association in 1922.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Great Inventions.”

Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. Friday with the opening of the food court on South Walnut Street. It will be open until 9 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

Also Friday, will be the annual children’s parade at 1:30 p.m. downtown. In case of rain, the event will move to the junior high school’s gym.

The business trick or treat will take place 6 p.m. Friday across from the fire station on South Walnut Street. Local businesses will be handing out treats for the children.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday the judging for the children’s costume and pumpkin contests will take place. There will be cash prizes for the winners in each division.

There will be a masquerade party 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pinckneyville fairgrounds exhibition hall and a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the K.C. Hall.

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Saturday will start with the Lions Club pancake breakfast

6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lions Den on Douglas Street.

Later in the evening on Saturday will be the popular Mardi Gras parade at 7 p.m. The 50/50 drawing will take place at the end of the parade.

The winner of the drawing must present the winning ticket stub by Nov. 30. The winner of the drawing last year took home $12,021.

Tickets for the 50/50 drawing are available at various locations throughout Pinckneyville.

Mardi Gras will end Saturday with a dance from 9 p.m. to

1 a.m. featuring music by “4-Play,” at the K.C. hall.

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