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The Sun City Prepares For Fat Tuesday

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POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 8:04pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:59am

EL PASO- Fat Tuesday is fast approaching and the Mardi Gras celebration is one of the biggest parties of the year in El Paso.

Barricades are ready to be moved in place for Tuesday night's closure of Cincinnati Street where crowds of party goers will take over.

"Mardi Gras has become an El Paso tradition, even though we didn't invent it here," said event promoter Alfrank Catucci.

This is the eighth year bars and restaurants in the Cincinnati District have taken part in Mardi Gras El Paso.

Organizers said this year it's sure to be a big hit.

"We ask all of El Paso to come out and support like normally, we'll have plenty of food and drinks on the street and all the bars and restaurants will be open," said Catucci.

Businesses in downtown are also expecting big crowds on Fat Tuesday. The roads surrounding Union Plaza will be shut down for a celebration.

The manager at The Garden said they are looking forward to the increase in business.

"Last year, we actually got 6,000 people in our club alone, this year, we're expecting to have 8,000 to 10,000," said Frank Herrera. “We're putting more people on staff. We have more bartenders and more security of course."

He said this is a big boost for El Paso's economy.

“That's what we're trying to do, make El Paso a bigger city and more recognizable,” said Herrera.

And while businesses are getting ready for Fat Tuesday, the El Paso police are preparing to keep people safe.

“The ultimate goal of the El Paso Police Department is that everyone in El Paso would be able to enjoy the festivities with the utmost safety,” said Darrel Petry with the El Paso Police Department.

The EPPD will have 40 additional police officers on the streets. If you're going to a party and will be driving, they have a message for you.

“If you're going to drink, don't drive,” said Petry. “DWI is an offense that is completely preventable.”

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