LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Mardi Gras came to La Crosse Sunday.
Organizers filled the La Crosse Center with games, costumes, live entertainment and southern food.
The Mardi Gras celebration doubled as a fundraiser.
A portion of the money raised Sunday will provide tuition assistance to Aquinas students.
"In New Orleans or in Rio, everybody gets together. Each crew will have their different themes and costumes and you'll see the costumes, the beads, the food, the fun, entertainment, all sorts of things. We hope the people have a little sense of that when they come down here," said Terry Stika, the 22nd Rex of La Crosse Carnivale.
The official Mardi Gras begins Feb. 12 and always ends the day before Ash Wednesday.
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