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02/22/03

Mardi Gras Parades Roll Along The Coast

Saturday, King Mike Valentine and Queen Betty Lee led this year's Orange Grove Carnival Association parade, through the streets of Orange Grove as thousands came out to catch the throws.

First time as king. How does it feel?

"It feels great I love it. It's a fine day, we're having a great day, the rain went away; we're going to party," parade king Mike Valentine said. 

What's different about this parade, sets it apart from others?

"Because we have a such a great family time, with no problems, this is a great place to bring the family, coming out and have a good time," Valentine said.

"We're throwing cups, candy, beads, anything we got, stuffed animals," Krewe of Unpredictables member Delena Steiner said.  

Hey, what's it like on the top of a float?

It's just been fun. I like riding up here," Brennan Ladner said.

"It just kind of tough to decide who gets all the beads because there's just so many people down there," Nathan Mihelich said.

"We've got little fish clampers, we've got stuffed animals, big beads, we've got mermaids," one krewe member said.

"Everything you can image. All kinds of stuff, wonderful long beads, regular beads, stuffed animals, you name it. Throws plastic whistles. Great for the kids," a krewe member said as she threw beads.

"All kinds of goodies, all kinds of goodies for Mardi Gras. Throw us some pirate beads. Pirate beads, OK!" another krewe member said.

What's different about this parade than some of the other ones?

"This one's more for the kids, and that's I mean. The kids is what we do it for anyhow, so that's what makes it the best," Steiner said.

Also Satuday, some Biloxi children made the dreary day a little brighter by spreading a little Mardi Gras cheer. 

Hundreds of people lined the streets of down town Biloxi Satruday hoping to catch beads and other Mardi Gras goodies during Biloxi's children's parade.

Almost one thousand parents and children participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Biloxi.

Children walked, pedaled bicycles, roller skated and rode in miniature floats alongside their parents, while throwing traditional Mardi Gras treats to the large crowds.

The theme of this year's parade was Timeless Wonders and some of the children and parents dressed in costumes and decorated floats to go along with the day's theme.

In Bay St. Louis The Krewe of Kids rolled through the streets of the Cedar Point neighborhood.

About a 100 kids and their parents took part in the Mardi Gras tradition. Roller skates, decorated wagons and motorized cars replaced elaborate floats in this parade. 11 year old Christopher Strong reigned as king and 9 year old Halle Naldyz Queen.

 The parade is sponsored each year by the North Bay Neighborhood and Hancock County District 3 Supervisor Lisa Cowand.

 The Indian Point Parade rolled down the streets Satruday morning kicking off the Carnival season in Gautier. About six floats participated in the late morning parade. But the children didn't mind, they still got tons of beads, stuffed animals, and moon pies.

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