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Albany's version of Mardi Gras shines

March 3, 2008

Albany --  Albany and Dougherty County officials say the weekend events downtown were an unprecedented success. Promoters say there were 28,000 visitors Saturday for the big Mardi Gras weekend.

There were three big events headquartered downtown Saturday. The Mardi Gras brought thousands to hear live music and enjoy family entertainment. More than 8,000 people bought tickets to the Mardi Gras.

 The Snicker's Marathon had more than 900 runners, and the Region's Bike Races had more than 400 cyclists competing. The economic impact was calculated at about one million dollars, but officials say the fun the events provided and quality of life boost to the community was immeasurable.  

"It has a huge, huge effect on how things are understood and how things kind of mushroom out of Southwest Georgia, particularly in Albany," said Dougherty Co. Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.  

Promoters say about six thousand more people enjoyed the festival this year than last, and that great success will help them as they plan for next year's event, which for now is scheduled for the first weekend of March.

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