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The first full day of Mardi Gras festivities kicked off in Galveston on Saturday, February 18, 2017 with numerous parades featuring costumed revelers, colorful beads and live music.  The annual celebration will continue until Fat Tuesday on February 28th. 

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Mardi Gras Galveston started Friday evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.

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70,807 fans packed NRG Stadium on Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl LI.

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The 2017 Mardi Gras season kicked off with the annual Mainland Mardi Gras Parade in Texas City on Saturday. The event, presented by the Rotary Club of Texas City, featured numerous decorated floats complete with beads and candy. Mardi Gras in Galveston will begin on February 17.

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Festivities continued Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention in advance of Super Bowl LI.  Guests at the NFL Experience were able to participate in numerous interactive events, purchase memorabilia and see many of their favorite current and former players.  

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Over 1,000 area students got the opportunity to visit the NFL Experience Wednesday morning for the NFL PLAY 60 Kids' Day where they interacted with Houston Texans players and were entertained by Grammy Award winner Jordin Sparks.

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The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots were welcomed to Houston by thousands of fans and members of the media during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on Monday.

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Foggy weather and warm temperatures did little to temper the enthusiasm of participants at the 6th Annual Polar Plunge.  Hundreds of costumed revelers sprinted in groups into the surf at Stewart Beach in Galveston on Saturday during the event, which raises funds for Special Olympics Texas. 

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The Texas A&M Aggies faced the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night in Houston.

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The Houston Texans hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in a Christmas Eve game on Saturday night. It was a low scoring affair as the Texans won on a missed field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock. The victory clinches the AFC South and a home playoff game for the Texans.

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After replacing starting quarterback Brock Osweiler with backup Tom Savage in the second quarter, the Houston Texans fought from behind to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 on Sunday.

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Because of heavy rains last weekend, a second weekend of Dickens on The Strand was held in downtown Galveston.  Visitors once again donned their costumes to participate in the festival that annually transforms The Strand area into Victorian Era England.

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Visitors to Dickens on The Strand braved rainy weather to be transported back to 19th Century England.  Because of the inclement weather, event organizers waived admission fees and announced that the event would be held again next weekend. 

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The La Marque Cougars were defeated 40-7 by the Coldspring Trojans in the Bi-District round of the 3A Division I Football Playoffs at Abshier Stadium in Deer Park Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. 

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The Hitchcock Bulldogs headed to Etheredge Stadium to take on the La Marque Cougars on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The Coogs bested the Bulldogs 12-10 in the inaugural showdown between the two Galveston County team.

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The Ball High Lady Tors defeated the Houston Austin Lady Mustangs on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in a bi-district playoff match at Clear Brook High School. The Lady Tors swept the Lady Mustangs by the scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-13.

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The La Marque Cougars take on the East Chambers Buccaneers on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at Etheredge Stadium in La Marque. Cougars' honored the 1986, 1996 and 2006 state championship teams during a halftime "Night of Champions." 

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Students from Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College and the University of Texas Medical Branch strut down the seawall in lipstick-red high heels Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, for the  “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More than 100…

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The Houston Texans overcame a 23-9 deficit with seven minutes remaining the in the game to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 26-23 in overtime on Sunday Night Football.

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The Clear Springs Chargers travelled to Dickinson to take on the Gators Friday night. The Chargers took an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Gators 23-7 to remain undefeated in District 24-6A and move ahead of Dickinson in the standings.