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Albany's Mardi Gras 2006 festival a success

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March 4, 2006

Albany--   Hundreds of party animals hit the streets a second time for Albany's Mardi Gras celebration.

"A lot of people are showing up more and more, and we're having a great time," says Benjamin McCray.

"This is the way the real Mardi Gras is supposed to be done," says Tia Danson.

And the weather couldn't be better. "The weather's beautiful. It's perfect weather for it," says Brandy Blackmon.

The only thing raining down on this crowd today, is beads. "We're hollering for beads," says Shannon Blackmon.

"We did in four in a half days, what usually takes three months to get it all done," says organizer Phil Cannon.

Yet organizers say the hard work is paying off.

"We anticipate some 20 to 25,000 people will pass through here from noon to midnight," says Cannon.

With games at every corner, it's all about having a good time, whether or not you win.

Of course, you can't have Mardi Gras without the beads, while last weekend's rainy weather hurt the sale of vendors who sale them, that certainly was not the case this weekend.

"It's been a real steady flow, things have been going really good today," says vendor, Kay Lamb.

Other vendors raking in the dough aren't complaining either. [kristen colvy] "This is over the top, this is better than what I thought it was ever going to be," says vendor Kristen Colvy.

And these street party goers agree also. "We're having a blast, we're all in the streets doing it up in Albany," says Tia Danson.

And they can't wait to do it again next year.

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