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Beans & Jeans: The party’s back in town

The party is back in town and there are still tickets available.

Beans & Jeans — the kickoff event to Mardi Gras season — is returning to the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center with doors opening at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, the party was moved to a different location because the civic center was still being repaired from Tropical Storm Harvey’s flooding. But now the party is back there.

Laura Childress, president of Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, said Beans & Jeans is a fundraiser for the Krewes.

The name of the event — Beans and Jeans — refers to the laid-back attire and the red beans and rice that will be served. Tickets cost $25 each and include admission, bring your own beverage, and a bowl of red beans and rice.

Upward of 1,100 people attend the event and some tickets are still available at Ace Hobby and at the door on the night of the event.

Childress said the format of the annual party has changed. This year, instead of Krewes coming out and being introduced, it will go straight to the dancing and fun. And don’t worry about missing the big game on Saturday — the Cowboys game will be broadcast on two TVs for the enjoyment of fans.

SVK Band from Houston, dubbed the “ultimate party band experience,” will provide musical entertainment.

“Put on your purple, green and gold and your favorite bling and enjoy the best party in town,” she said.

Beans & Jeans is presented by the Krewe of Krewes and Mardi Gras Southeast Texas.