- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, country crooner Easton Corbin, teen rapper Becky G and former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm will headline the eighth annual Family Gras, Metairie’s free Mardi Gras street party.

The festival, to be held Feb. 6-8 beside Lakeside Shopping Center, also features a lineup of local talent, including Allen Toussaint and Cowboy Mouth. In addition, there’s food, kids activities, arts-and-crafts and, of course, passing parades.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1BeMGK6 ) Jefferson Parish president John Young, at a press conference Wednesday, said the event is not meant to compete with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He said he sees it as a family-oriented complement.

Young says according to University of New Orleans studies the annual event has generated between $4.6 million and $6.5 million for Jefferson Parish.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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