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March 3, 2006

Albany -- Heavy rain washed out last weekend's Mardi Gras event and kept a lot of folks from enjoying the annual street fest. So, they're giving it another go.

This time last week, preparations for the Mardi Gras street fest were underway, but unfortunately, it was poured down rain all day. The event went on, but not a lot of people came out.

So, organizers asked the vendors and bands to come back this week and they agreed. And this time the weather supposed to be great!

Last Friday, Skywater Interiors owner Steve Brimberry was gearing up for Mardi Gras. "Just getting the store stocked and decorated for the crowd we expect."

But the crowds didn't come out, because the rain was really coming down. Now a week later with much clearer skies in the forecast, "It's amazing that we're going to do it again."

Brimberry is sweeping away remnants from the waterlogged event and once again preparing for Mardi Gras. "I think this is the first in history in Albany to have an event rained out, and doing it again which is cool."

This week, there's not quite as much prep work to be done since the bleachers and road barriers are still out. But businesses are restocking their beads and reenergizing the public. "I think this is going to be the prettiest weekend we've had in about three weeks, so we should get that 10,000-plus. I think the community is going to be really excited about it, because they missed out."

Nearly all of the 40 vendors are coming back and a line up of bands will take the stage again. And folks are happy about getting another chance at the fun.

Elaine Gibson says, "Me and my husband will come out just to have something to do. Have some fun, I think it's going to be fun."

There's no doubt it will be fun. Like last week, there will be bands, games for the kids, a lot of food and shopping and a pet parade. And just like last Saturday, the Mardi Gras events start at noon and end at midnight.

It cost five dollars to get into the Mardi Gras celebration. But it's free for children under 14, accompanied by an adult.

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