Summer is officially here; one step out the back door is all you need as proof. But even the heat, humidity and rain we’ve been having of late hasn’t put a stop to partying here in the Capital City. And, even though Mardi Gras isn’t until Feb. 28, local krewes are gearing up with the festivities leading up to Carnival.

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