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Quiet Cocoa Village to party soon

Quiet Cocoa Village to party soon

It was typically quiet on my visit last week to Cocoa Village, a quaint district of antiques shops and eateries in Brevard County, but expect the place to be more rowdy next month — at least briefly.

On Feb. 9, the area tucked between State Road 520 and the Indian River will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a festive street party featuring a parade of glittery floats and a slate of musical acts that includes an authentic New Orleans brass ensemble, the Soul Rebels.

That band, which made a swing through Orlando in the spring, is the real deal. In addition to traditional Big Easy favorites, the group's repertoire boasts horn-powered interpretations of hits by Michael Jackson and...