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Albany's biggest outdoor party just a couple weeks away

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's biggest outdoor party is just a couple of weeks away.  Tens of thousands of people are expected at Mardi Gras weekend.  It's a weekend packed with events.

There's a Snickers half and full Marathon, Mardi Gras street festival, Bike race and Riverquarium Turtle Race.

55,000 people entered the gates of Mardi Gras last year.  Organizers think even more people will filter in this year.

Phil Cannon said, "What we're figuring is that if the weather is good, and we've already tried to order the good weather, people are going to be dying to get out, they've been cooped up, their kids have been stuck inside, they'll be willing to spend five bucks to get in, they'll be ready to rock, roll and run in downtown Albany."

Last year, organizers got complaints about noise from generators and crowded space because of too many vendors.  This year, they're moving generators away from Broad Avenue to reduce noise and allowing fewer vendors.

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