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Mardi Gras Hits Downtown Austin

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The calm before the storm: 6th Street is bracing for Mardi Gras revelers tonight.

It's Mardi Gras.  And that means downtown Austin will be filled with revelers celebrating the end of the pre-Lenten period and otherwise getting indulgence out of their system before the Christian observance of Ash Wednesday.

Where there are partiers in downtown Austin, there will also be Austin police and a batch of street closures.  Here's a map of what will be closed tonight.  APD will also be enforcing a no-refusal DWI enforcement period tonight.  During Saturday's no refusal period, police obtained 10 search warrants to draw blood on suspected DWI drivers.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

APD Mardi Gras Street Closures

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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