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The Chamber of Commerce throws a Mardi Gras celebration like no other! This family-friendly event dates back to 1922. Unlike Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Pinckneyville holds its festivities on the last Friday and Saturday in October. The famous Queen Pageant is held a two weeks prior to the yearly event, once a Mardi Gras Queen is crowned she enjoys her reign while attending the children’s costume parade, business trick or treat, and the costume contest on Friday. The celebration begins again bright and early on Saturday morning where you will find a run hosted by Pyramid running club, a pancake breakfast hosted by the Lion’s Club, a flea market stretched across Walnut street, a car show over-flowing on Mulberry Street, live entertainment, children’s games, marching band field competition, and Illinois’ oldest night-time parade featuring floats, costumed marchers, bands and more.