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San Marcos’ original Mardi Gras Krewe – the Mistick Krewe of Okeanos – and the Price Center are teaming up to host a workshop on Sat. Feb, 1 from 10 – 11:30 a. m. for area kids interested in learning how to create a shoebox float to enter into a new fun, festive and friendly competition.

“We wanted to make sure local children could easily get in on the Mardi Gras fun through a creative project that helps them experience a new cultural celebration while playing with feathers, beads, glue and their imaginations,” said Ann Dupont, contest chair.

The Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest will include two categories: Children age 3-6 (with adult partner) and Children age 7-12. Judges will use the following criteria to make the awards: Originality (30%), Neatness (15%), Overall Appearance (15%), Craftsmanship (20%) and Use of Materials (20%). A complete list of contest rules and more is available at

Winners will be selected and announced during the Krewe’s Feb. 7 Cottage Kitchen Luncheon, will receive a Kid-friendly gift basket and VIP seating and recognition at the Price Center’s Mardi Gras Parade Watch & Pop-Up set for Feb 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Garden and street-side.

The Float Workshop is free and open to all area children. For more information, please call Ann Dupont at (512-) 665-9911 or stop by 222 W. San Antonio St., downtown San Marcos, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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