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Be the Mardi Gras king and queen

Be the Mardi Gras king and queen

 Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasino.com) has music, parties and promotions this week celebrating its raison d'etre: Fat Tuesday itself.   The celebration before Ash Wednesday comes a little early this year, but the New Orleans-themed casino is prepared, starting off with music this weekend: The Blues Brothers Soul Band plays from 7-11 tonight, followed by the Hot Java Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, then David Shelley and Bluestone from 7-11 p.m. Sunday.   On the actual day, there's a king and queen contest to lead a 6 p.m. parade.   The giveaway promotion runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday....

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