Riverfront pub hosts floating Mardi Gras parade


Let the good times float.

There will be trophies on the line Saturday for the top boats in the Sandbar’s Floating Mardi Gras Parade on the Sabine River.

Hosted by the riverfront bar at 1798 River Road, the event is free to enter – guests need only provide the captain’s name, the name of the boat and the number of people on board via a text to co-organizer Donna Jones at 903-812-2940.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Hwy. 42 boat ramp (privately-owned and used with permission for the event) and ending 1.8 miles away along the river at the Sandbar, where judging will occur. Trophies will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place and Best Theme.

Parade participants will be able to launch from the private boat ramp between noon Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday after picking up their boat number from the bar (between 4 p.m. and midnight Friday or Saturday morning until noon).

According to the organizers, all boats will need to be launched and in the river by 1 p.m. Saturday.

Jones is asking participants to be aware the river is above flood stage, the water moving fast and carrying debris, “so please make sure everyone aboard your boat has a life jacket,” she noted in a post to social media.

For more information, contact Jones at 903-812-2940 or search Facebook for “Sandbar Kilgore.”