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2016 Parade of Fools

Bootsie Adams (center) and Tom Dooley (right), both of Fayetteville, dance as they walk along Dickson Street Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, during the 15th Fat Saturday Parade of Fools organized by Fayetteville Mardi Gras in downtown Fayetteville. The 25th annual Fat Tuesday on Dickson Street is planned for 8 p.m. Tuesday beginning at Farrell’s Lounge. Visit to see more photographs from the parade.

After growing up in Kentucky, far from any sort of Mardi Gras celebration, I have covered enough of the town’s Mardi Gras parades and events to have a basic understanding of the event. Raised Catholic, I was more familiar with the Lenten period and the traditions that surround it. I always tried to give up lima beans or something equally as disgusting for Lent and looked forward to Easter Sunday and the candy we received, but Mardi Gras was for a place far away in Louisiana. It’s fun to have experienced it both here and in New Orleans.

About Andy Shupe

Andy Shupe was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Berea, Ky., where he grew up. After graduating from Berea College with a degree in biology in 1993, Andy moved to Fayetteville and began working for the Northwest Arkansas Times as a clever ploy to enable him to see his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play basketball. In addition to photography, Andy enjoys baseball, working on old cars and marveling at how old that makes him sound.