Sherman Main Street and Sherman Parks and Rec have both planned Mardi Gras celebrations ahead of Fat Tuesday. This Saturday vendors and attractions will be set up around Kelly Square in Sherman as well as at the Sherman Municipal Building.

The 2018 Mardi Gras Celebration will include BINGO, sales and giveaways at shops along Kelly Square. There will also be activities where patrons can win beads, themed drinks, mask making, and performances in downtown. More than 20 businesses will be participating downtown.

“We have had a lot of people who have moved into this area from other places,” Sherman Main Street Director Sarah McRae said. “It’s important to have events showcasing culture and heritage from other places.”

In the past, Sherman Main Street has held a Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.

“Its harder to get people to get out of the house or want to come by after work on a Tuesday so we decided to move it to Saturday hoping that more people can come by and celebrate with us,” McRae said. “Businesses have decided how they want to celebrate and each business will have something different. Some may have king cake and some may have live music.”

A free performance by Rodney Booth Band will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Sherman Jazz Museum. Live music can also be heard on Wall Street and at the Old Iron Post.

“A lot of people love jazz music and we have a great jazz museum here,” McRae said. “When there are live performances at the museum, we definitely want to let other people know about them so that we can celebrate this great place we have here.”

McRae hopes that people will take this opportunity to explore downtown Sherman.

Mardi Paws, a celebration just for dogs, will be a gathering of local grooming and boarding businesses. There will also be trainers teaching animals tricks and different types of treats for dogs will be available.

“We have recently been juggling the idea of having a dog park in Sherman,” Sherman Recreational Coordinator Dylan Johnson said. “We want to use this event as a way to tell just how interested the people of this area are in having a park just for their pets.”

About 15 vendors will be at the dog event.

“We will have an off-leash area,” Johnson said. “We would really like for people to come out for a dog-themed Mardi Gras celebration understanding that they can let their pets off leash so that they can go and play.”