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Mardi Gras celebrations of all sorts around Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Mardi Gras comes to an end, but not before one last day and night of celebrations.

Although Wilmington might not be exactly what you picture when you think of what goes on, there was lots of fun to be had around this Port City.

To celebrate Mardi Gras in style, it is important to look the part. At St. Mary Catholic School, to get in the spirit there were plenty of beads, feathers and masks.

"My mask? I've had it for a few years," student MaKenzi Payne said. "I just like it because it is out of your way."

Which definitely could come in handy during the bead toss.

"I kind of had to jump in front of a bunch of people," student Izzy Stoneback said.

Some are a little more timid.

"I go over to the corner with friends and wait for the beads to come down," Reaghan Juelke said. "Everyone is very wild."

After all that jumping around, you can work up an appetite. So what better way curb that hunger than with a king cake. The cake has been been a Mardi Gras tradition since the early 300s.

"It's actually the Danish dough we do, and it has a cinnamon nut in between the braid. It's really good," said Nancy Giufurta of Apple Annie's Bakery.

Now you'll need a little something to wash down all that gooey goodness, like a hurricane, which mixologists say lives up to its name.

"By the end of it you are going to be dancing on the walls," said David Zeller, a bartender at Bourbon Street restaurant in downtown Wilmington. "It's beautiful. It's sanity. That's what it should be."

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