Mardi Gras krewes say catch beads and the championship game

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Watch the parades or the Super Bowl? Well, it looks like south Mississippians can enjoy both. Two Mardi Gras parades are scheduled to roll on Sunday, February 7, which is the same day the New Orleans Saints battle the Indianapolis Colts in Miami. The krewes plan to make sure people have plenty of time to catch both beads and the big game.

The Krewe of Nereids, one of the largest Mardi Gras parades on the coast, is on course to roll Super Bowl Sunday.

"There's so much that goes into planning a parade," said Delores Richmond of the Krewe of Nereids. "Our parade officer, Kathy Gizelle, works so hard all year long. Believe me it would be a big job to change it. So as a result, we're hoping that people will just party all day long."

"We'll have a parade. Then the krewe itself, our king and queen, will have a party for the krewe and their guests in the evening. So that is obviously going to be a big Super Bowl party."

The Waveland parade will roll and 1 p.m. Organizers say once it starts, they don't plan to stop.

"We'll start very promptly, and we'll roll the parade almost like it was inclement weather," Richmond said. "In other words, we're not going to have a lot of starts and stops. So hopefully we'll be finished by about 4:30, quarter to five at the latest. People should be able to get back to their homes and watch the game or join their friends."

The Long Beach Carnival Association Parade is also that same day, but members already had a game plan ready for a Saints Super Bowl.

"We were excited," Donald Frazer with the Long Beach Carnival Association said. "In order to be able to watch the game, we've moved the parade up an hour. Shortened the parade a little bit due to construction, also. But we were kind of smart enough with the group that works with the Carnival Association to plan ahead, just in case."

Frazer said because many area restaurants are having Super Bowl parties, the hope is people will come out to watch the parade then go patronize local businesses to cheer on the Saints.

The game starts at 5:20 p.m. on CBS. But be sure to tune in to WLOX News both before and after the game for your only look at how south Mississippians are celebrating what we hope will be a Saints' victory.

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