Eric Spence and the Krewe of Europe's Finest had what looked to be a pre-Mardi Gras parade. The only thing missing from this parade of shoppers was somebody yelling, "Throw me something mister".
As the store clerk wheeled a box of beads to another car, he said, "We have three main beads that are selling, that are on sale today. And they're going by the pallet actually."
Barbara Tolbert is all too familiar with the pallets of beads that are on sale. She's been hopping from parade to parade. Her list includes Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, and two in Biloxi. "Just five this year," she said. The Dixie Dazzler spares no expense when it comes to Mardi Gras. "It's fun," she said. "We just throw out so much stuff, we need more things."
Out on the Biloxi parade route where Barbara Tolbert will be marching, a cool Lundi Gras breeze blew off the water. Campers had already parked in a lot adjacent to Highway 90. The campers said they could put up with the winds, as long as plenty of beads blew through Biloxi on Fat Tuesday.
Steven Foster sure hopes the parades are more entertaining than set up day. "What does it take? It takes a lot of time and a lot of aggravation, and a lot of being yelled at," Foster said.
Betty Bourdin admitted she was doing some of the yelling. But she said she had a good reason to be a bit vocal. "To make sure we have a bathroom is the most important thing," she said. "And then to ice down all of the beverages that you're going to have there. To make sure our grill is there. And we'll take care of the rest. If they just set us up, we're all right."