So, do you have your Mardi Gras plans in place yet? Here are a couple of events on the square in downtown Tyler to add to your list of considerations, with the first one starting at 5 p.m.

Why not start with the latest installment of the Toast to Downtown Tyler happy hour series. Presented by Heart of Tyler, the goal here is to raise community awareness about the revitalization in downtown Tyler and, of course, to promote downtown businesses. During each of these events, the business and/or restaurant features drink and food specials, not to mention a shot at some door prizes. What's not to love?

So, make plans to join the Toast to Downtown Tyler "crew" and "Toast to Fat Tuesday," March 5, from 5 until 6:30 p.m and let the good times roll at Jack Ryan's Steak & Chophouse Tyler.

Following right after, head around the corner to PATH's Fat Tuesday Celebration at ETX Brewing Co. from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Sounds like a pretty nice shindig and there's no cover charge. So, enjoy live music and, if you choose, order from a Mardi Gras themed menu. We hear there may be a special release beer for the occasion. Will there be even more door prizes? You bet.

To learn more about the work of PATH, who do so much for our East Texas communities, check out their website: www.pathhelps.org.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!