It’s time for the 71st annual Mardi Gras in downtown Winchester, sponsored by the Winchester Community Cultural Preservation Committee.

    The festival — which runs from Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 7 — carries the theme “Mardi Gras Goes Hollywood.”

    Appropriately this year, considering the theme, Inspire@Dixie’s Dance Studio is grand marshall of the annual Mardi Gras Parade celebrating Hollywood.

    “We strive to inspire, motivate and enrich the community with the art of dance.  Inspire@DDS would like to thank the wonderful community for all the love and support over the last 30 plus years,” officials from the studio said. “This year, one of the most important teachers and founder of our studio retired.