Grab your chair, dust off the tailgate, and warm up your voice. The Vinton Mardi Gras Parade is this weekend. This free event will feature local organizations, companies, and even a few Mardi Gras Krewes parading down Horridge Street.

The parade lines up at Vinton Middle School and heads South, ending at the Vinton KC Hall. While the parade is getting ready, the KC Hall will smell like gumbo as they kick off their annual Gumbo Cook-Off. Teams from around the area compete to be judged by locals and people's choice. The gumbo will be free to the public after it is judged.

The parade starts at 1:00pm and Gumbo judging will start at 2:00pm. For more info, you can contact the Vinton City Hall at 337-589-7453 or SWLA Mardi Gras.