Albany - Almost twice as many people attended Albany's Mardi Gras Festival this year. Nearly 4,000 people packed the streets for the second annual Mardi Gras party.
The Downtown Merchant's Association estimates the festival grew by 70% with many more vendors and visitors spending money. "You would have been absolutely amazed at the number of people in downtown Albany, standing shoulder to shoulder, from noon until midnight," said Phil Cannon, Downtown Merchant's Association.
Last year, organizers only made about $700, but this year they earned $3,800 which will be spent on future downtown festivals.