The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes Headline 2015 Family Gras

METAIRIE, LA (AP) – The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, country crooner Easton Corbin, teen rapper Becky G and former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm will headline the eighth annual Family Gras, Metairie's free Mardi Gras street party.

         The festival, to be held Feb. 6-8 beside Lakeside Shopping Center, also features a lineup of local talent, including Allen Toussaint and Cowboy Mouth. In addition, there's food, kids activities, arts-and-crafts and, of course, passing parades.
 Times-Picayune’s Doug MacCash reports Jefferson Parish president John Young, at a press conference Wednesday, said the event is not meant to compete with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He said he sees it as a family-oriented complement.

         Young says according to University of New Orleans studies the annual event has generated between $4.6 million and $6.5 million for Jefferson Parish.

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