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GALVESTON, Texas Mardi Gras in Galveston kicks off Friday, and KHOU 11 News is on the island to get a sneak peek at what s planned for this year.

This year s celebration runs Feb. 21 to March 4.

Organizers say more than three million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston, and that s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style.

One of the several free, family-friendly events planned is the Hokey Pokey with the 4th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This year they re hoping to top 1,500 people to do a little dance, have a little fun and get down tonight.

Don t forget: this will be the first Mardi Gras on the Seawall that requires paid parking.

Many of the events require registration.

More info on the web: http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/

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