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Pine Belt businesses plan Fat Tuesday events

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With Mardi-Gras in full swing, Pine Belt businesses are working around the clock to keep customers happy.

The employees at Jody's Bakery in Hattiesburg were busy sprinkling purple sugar onto King Cakes on Monday.

"It's a non-stop operation, and the week before Mardis Gras it's a seven-day-a-week operation," said owner Jody Lopez. Her king cakes have been a part of Mardis Gras celebrations around the Pine Belt for the last 25 years.

Brownstone's in downtown Hattiesburg is also getting ready for their annual Fat Tuesday bash. "We've got live music; we are going to have a band in the street," said Joel Edwards, general manager. "We will barricade the streets off."

Edwards said it would be Brownstone's mini version of the streets of New Orleans.

"We will have all the specialty things from New Orleans - we have 10,000 Mardis Gras beads that we are going to hand out and give away, wrap around the balcony to throw down in the street."

If you are looking for something fast on Fat Tuesday you can head to the Hub City Dragway, where you won't find parades or beads, just fast cars.

"We have 70 acres, so they come here they bring there motor homes; they camp out, grill and just have a good time all weekend, and Monday and Tuesday they just come and hang out and watch the drag races," said Stanley Tubro.

Track manager Richard Hasbro said this 14-year tradition for Hub City Dragway brings out nearly 10,000 race enthusiasts.

"We have three classes - pro modified, true 10-5s, stock suspension - they are racing for $20,000 and they just come and watch some of the fastest door cars in the south eastern part of the United States."

So while the Big Easy may be home to the nation's biggest and flashiest Mardis Gras celebration - it's definitely not the only place celebrating.

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