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Sister city reception kicks off Mardi Gras Festivale

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Mardi Gras is coming to Sioux City for its 19th year on Friday.

A reception, held at the Sioux City Art Center, welcomed the residents of Sioux City's sister city Lake Charles, Louisiana and focused on this year's Mardi Gras celebration.

City leaders thanked the Lake Charles crew members with gifts, cookies, and lemonade.

The reception allows residents from both cities to catch up before the party begins.

This year's Festivale King and Queen are both looking forward to the event for different reasons.

"Just having a good time with my friends. We don't get to see each other but once maybe twice a year if they make it up or we make it down," Mardi Gras King, George Jacobson, said.

"The parade is always a really good time because we get to get out there and throw things to the kids," Mardi Gras Queen, Shannon McSwain, said.

The Mardi Gras Parade will kick off the Festivale.

It begins at the Tyson Events Center on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

KTIV Anchor Al Joens will be this year's parade marshall.

The celebration will move to the Convention Center where attendees will be served authentic Cajun food starting at 5:30 p.m.

Then, at 7:30 p.m, guests will enjoy the show featuring Mardi Gras costumes and traditions.

A seat costs $15.00.

Music, and fireworks, will take place outside the Convention Center around 10:00 p.m.

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