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Perla’s–Austin’s very attention-getting seafood restaurant–is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a big ol’ shrimp and crawfish boil this Sunday. It’s all you can eat, including free beer, for $20. Dr. Zog will play zydeco. Co-chef Larry McGuire says they’ve bought 400 pounds of the Louisiana mudbugs, so they need all the help they can get. 1400 S. Congress. Sunday, April 18, from noon to 5.

<p class="Normal1" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%"><a href="http://bigtex.com/fun/" target="_blank">More Fun after 5 P.M.</a> </span></b><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The State Fair of Texas becomes an even more magical experience once the sun goes down and the lights go up on the Midway and the Chevrolet Main Stage. Check out these not to-miss activities after 5 p.m. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">The Starlight Parade:</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> The nightly illuminated parade makes its way through the grounds each night beginning at 7:15 p.m. Texas-themed and fun for the whole family; the Starlight Parade is a State Fair tradition. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong> </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation:</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> Each night at 8 p.m., the Esplanade becomes the backdrop for a light and water show like no other.  Complete with dancers and pyrotechnics, this show is a salute to Texas and the traditions of the State Fair.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong> </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">Texas Star Ferris wheel:</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> There are few places in the Fair that give you a better vantage point to see Fair Park and Dallas lit up at night.  The Texas Star Ferris wheel takes you 350 feet into the sky and allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fair.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong> </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">The Midway: </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Walking through the Midway at night is truly something special. There’s nothing like the lights, sounds, and thrill of the Midway after dark. Whether or not you take a spin on a ride, just walking around makes you feel like you are at the center of a magical world.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong> </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">Chevrolet Main Stage: </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">With more than 85 acts on the Chevrolet Main Stage, there’s no shortage of live music to see at the State Fair. Check the daily schedule for a complete list of acts performing each evening. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;"> </span><o:p></o:p></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">Big Tex: </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If you think your family picture with Big Tex is great during the day, then wait until you see it with Texas’ friendly cowboy at night!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p class="Normal1" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">BONUS: </span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Visit the Fair after 5 p.m. and save big! Bring a Dr Pepper can to the State Fair gates after 5 p.m. and receive a coupon for HALF-PRICE admission.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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