Businesses prepare for Mardi Gras boost

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Businesses in Texarkana are gearing up for a busy Mardi Gras weekend. 

A record number of floats are signed up to participate in the city’s Grand Parade Saturday, which means more people downtown. 

And from sips to sweets, some new local business owners are hoping to cash in on the crowds. 

“We’re actually trying to make Texarkana fun again,” said Roger Sheppard, owner of Redbone Magic Brewing Company. 
Sheppard’s team is busy preparing for Mardi Gras fun. 
“We’re gonna have some Mardi Gras beads to throw out and we’re gonna, you know, play a little zydeco, I’m sure,” said Sheppard.
His business is the “Official After-Party Sponsor” following the parade. 
“Mardi Gras will be the beginning of our new beers that’s coming out,” said Sheppard. 
Closer to the parade route, this will be the first Mardi Gras for Emily Graham’s bakery downtown. 
“Chocolate covered strawberries to macarons and brownies…Mardi Gras is gonna be really big downtown tomorrow, so we have stocked up with all of our favorites,” said Graham, owner of Graham Slam Bakery. 
She’s hoping to be slammed with Mardi Gras business. 
“The parade runs right through Broad [Street], so you can come in and have a cupcake and watch the parade,” said Graham. 
In what Graham hopes could be a new tasty tradition in Texarkana. 
“I think it will bring more people downtown and that’s our main goal, to bring people in,” said Graham.
Texarkana will have three parades downtown Saturday, beginning with a children’s parade at 11 a.m.

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