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First “Fat” Friday Mardi Gras parade returns

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By Lynn Burton

Sopris Sun Staff Writer

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The following is not a typo or really bad play on words: The second annual First “Fat” Friday Mardi Gras parade rolls down Main Street at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Most folks probably understand dates (Feb. 7), times (4:30 p.m.), locations (Main Street) and know what a parade entails (in this case floats, paraders and spectators).

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But “second annual First ‘Fat’ Friday?” How can a “second” annual of anything also be a “first?” Because it’s Carbondale, where this month’s First Friday takes on a Mardi Gras theme and instead of the traditional “Fat Tuesday” celebration we’re making it a “Fat Friday.”

And we’re kicking off the Mardi Gras season a lot earlier, and with a little more snow, than such towns as New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama.

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Like most Mardi Gras parades, Carbondale has a king and queen. Actually, we have two of each: Chris and Teri Chacos, and Art and Carolyn Ackerman.

Judges? You want judges? How about Steve Skinner, Amy Kimberly, Joe Marshall plus a not-yet-named town representative. They’ll station themselves with microphones and ready quips under the Sopris Liquor & Wine tent at the southwest corner of Fourth and Main; they will also award the winner with a coveted trophy.

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Floats and related entries? Fifteen and counting as of Wednesday afternoon (no word on whether any horses, goats or llamas will clomp around on the snowy Main Street, or whether one of those unicyclists you see zipping around town in the summer will demonstrate the newest accessory for that mode of transportation — a snow chain for his or her tire). The following is just a wild guess, but don’t be surprised if one or more of those fat-tire bicyclists show what their ride can do — after all it’s “Fat Friday” and those folks handle their bikes pretty well.

As for other action around town on the second annual First “Fat” Friday (presented by Sopris Liquor & Wine):

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• The Main Street Gallery and the Framer opens a show of wildlife painter Daniel Loge. His paintings have been featured on covers of Ducks Unlimited magazine three times and Wildfowl Art magazine once. He was awarded the silver medal for Best in Show at the Philadelphia Wildlife Art Expo in 1993 and chosen as the New York State Fair Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1994 and 1998. He lives in Grand Junction and has taught at Mesa State College.

• The “Happenings at the Weant” valentine art show features area artists at 689 Main Street. The hours are 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 8. A portion of proceeds from sales goes to the Mount Sopris Historical Society.

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• The town will serve hot chocolate and also ignite a bonfire near the downtown ice rink starting at 4 p.m. The festive lights that hang above the rink will stay on until 9 p.m. Skate rentals are available at the recreation center ($3 for 24 hours) until 9 p.m.

• The 34th annual Valley Visual Art Show in the Third Street Center is open for viewing from 6 to 8 p.m.

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• The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street opens “Matthew Eames: Constructive Criticism” from 6 to 8 p.m. Eames has had solo exhibitions and been included in group shows around the country. He is currently the studio resident technician at the clay center.

• True Nature Healing Arts on Third Street offers a gong and singing bowl meditation from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $21.

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• Harmony Scott on Main Street is offering wearable art for Valentine’s Day.

• The Crystal Theatre presents “The Dallas Buyers Club” at 7:30 p.m.