Frills, feathers and Mardi Gras magic will be in full swing during the Town of Vinton's Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 7, in downtown Vinton.

Vinton will usher in the Mardi Gras season beginning with the Knights of Columbus hosting a gumbo cook-off at 10 a.m. and a parade at 2 p.m. The parade will run through downtown Vinton and end at the Knights of Columbus Hall where the gumbo judging will begin at 3 p.m.

For more information on the event and updates, call Vinton City Hall at (337) 589-7453. For general information on the 2015 Mardi Gras season, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 456-7952 or visit