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Mardi Gras festivale steals the show in downtown Sioux City

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The theme for the costumes at this year's Mardi Gras gala was things that go well together. The theme for the costumes at this year's Mardi Gras gala was things that go well together.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Big Parade may have been the highlight of night in downtown Sioux City Thursday, but the parade wasn't the only event taking place.

The main event of the evening was the Mardi Gras Festivale, featuring a costume gala at the Sioux City Convention center.

A cajun meal of gumbo, jalapeno cornbread and potato salad was served as the people settled in to see the gala performance.

The theme for the costumes was things that go well together, such as coffee and donuts and fire and ice.

That theme is based on the partnership between Sioux City and Lake Charles, La. that helped form the Krewe de Charlie Sioux.

This year's Mardi Gras king was KTIV's Richard Kleinberg.
   
The gala is a tradition that's long in the making and every year provides a great celebration.

"I think we're 16 years into the actual costume performances," said Krewe de Charlie Sioux president Blane Bourgeois. "Tonight celebrates 20 years of friendship with Sioux City, Iowa."

Earlier in the day, The Big Parade ran eight blocks on 4th Street from Pearl to Iowa streets.
   
About 50 floats walked the parade route handing out candy, tee shirts and of course, Mardi Gras beads.
   
Among them, the KTIV crew, who was out flinging Twin Bings.
   
There was a great turnout on the streets, and it was a lot of fun for people of all ages.
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