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2012-02-23

Les bons temps ont roulé dans Bandera

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

When Dennis Allyn's Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade entry turned the corner of Cypress Street on Saturday, Feb. 11, he was knocked cold by the size of the crowd lining both sides of Main Street.

"It was almost unbelievable," he said. "What a shock. I just never expected to see that many people.
And, best of all, everyone had gotten into the spirit of the day by dressing in Mardi Gras costumes and colors." For the uninitiated, those colors would be purple, gold and green. ¬You know, kinda like grape, lemon and lime Jello shooters.

The event was sponsored by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, and wall-to-wall actually defined the day - as in parade participants, parade goers, Gumbo cook-off, a closed off 11th street, revelers inside the cowboy bar and even at the Bandera United Methodist Church Baked Potatopalooza after the parade ended.

It was a wonderful, crazy kind of a day. When asked how things were going, James McGroarty, owner of the 11th Street Cowboy Bar said - with tongue planted firmly in cheek - "Terrible."

"Really, why is that?" came the inevitable question.

"We need more people."

Thanx, James, for a great time. We'll be looking for another "les bons temps" next year.

For more photos, see page 14B, and look for more images of the 2012 Mardi Gras extravaganza in a future issue of the Courier.

Pictured: ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler,’ said Debbie Mitchell, Ginger King and Stella Tedesco, one of the prime movers behind Bandera’s 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras celebration that took place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11. Tedesco owns Harleys & Horses, located inside the popular watering hole. The Courier sez, “Lookin’ good, ladies!”