Ocean Springs braves the cold, parties down for Mardi Gras

By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Clad in jackets, boots and Mardi Gras beads, Ocean Springs revelers, big and small, braved the cold, wet weather in the name of fun.

"As long as you wear enough clothes; you get bundled up good and warm enough, you can still party," explained Ocean Springs resident David Butler.

The Ocean Springs Carnival Association's night parade is in its second year, organized for the second time by Steve Munn.

"We needed something in Ocean Springs to do the Friday night before Mardi Gras, and there just wasn't a whole lot going on," explained Munn. "We're bigger than we were last year, the exact number bigger I can't tell you, but we're about 50 percent bigger than we were last year."

Whether on a float or on the ground, South Mississippi party goers cheered and danced in purple and green and this year's most popular Mardi Gras colors, black and gold.

"Who Dats" and "Geaux Saints" rang out above the music. One float was completely devoted to the team.

"The Saints started off the festivity of Mardi Gras," said Butler. "Mardi Gras would have been good, but it's going to be even better now that the Saints have won the Super Bowl."

Whether the floats are black and gold or green and purple, partygoers said they hope this parade will become a staple of the carnival season.

"I like the night parades, I think the lights and everything on the floats at night, the festivities more,." said David Butler.

"I'm just grateful they're out here braving a little bit of cold," said Munn. "We've worked really hard to put this on, and we hope it's a success every year."

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