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Small towns all over the Gulf Coast have parades, balls and other festivities during Carnival Season.

In Pascagoula, Mississippi, crawfish are the local Mardi Gras delicacy and seafood retailers do big business, said city spokeswoman Robin Wood.

Other Mississippi towns including Gulf Port, Ocean Springs and Biloxi have their own events.

Florida Gulf Coast cities add a more laid-back twist with beach-inspired events often aimed at boosting tourism in the offseason.

Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach have Mardi Gras festivities.

Pensacola Beach’s 2012 Mardi Gras‘ Schedule includes 16 events from Jan. 7 to Feb. 21.

“Oh yeah, Mardi is a ball, absolutely, it’s fun,” said Jill Jones, who dressed her dog up in a headband, jester collar and cape and wore a matching costume during the beach’s pet parade this month.