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Railroad Square hosts a revitalized Arti Gras celebration

A white, green, and purple banner with the words "Arti Gras" written on it and a purple mask and a green jesters hat sits outside.
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media

Tallahassee's very own version of Mardi Gras took place at Railroad Square Saturday. Instead of "Mardi Gras," the Capital City's Fat Tuesday-style event is called "Arti Gras." But no matter the name, the party must include a parade.

There were also musical performances from artists like the Dumpstaphunk band from New Orleans, along with locals like Bill Wharton and Dylan Allen.

For Railroad Square shopkeepers, like The Other Side Vintage's Brooklyn Croy and Jason Cusell, Arti Gras is a real boon.

"Definitely brings a lot of people from all over Tallahassee. We have people traveling to come to Arti Gras. We haven't had one for a couple of years," said Croy, with Cusell adding, "Thanks to COVID. It's our first one back."

"It's been fun!" Croy concluded.

It was also fun for the many hundreds of people who spent much of Saturday at Railroad Square.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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