"Krewe of Public Works" prepares Biloxi for parade

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS  (WLOX) - They're getting ready for Fat Tuesday fun in downtown Biloxi. City workers spent the day Monday setting up barricades and doing other last minute parade preparations.

"We've got over 1,300 barricades along the parade route here in Biloxi, 10,000 feet of tape," said City of Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel. "We've got wooden barricades. We've got steel barricades. We've got traffic barrels. So, we're doing everything we can to make sure it's a safe Mardi Gras."

Downtown Biloxi is covered in bleachers and barricades. The city hall reviewing stand is vacant now, but will be filled with rowdy revelers for much of the day Fat Tuesday.

Another sign the parade is coming: Folks are getting their RVs and motor homes in position, staking out spots along the 2.7 mile route.

"We usually bring the whole family down here," said Biloxi resident Jared Campbell. "We'll have something cooked in the motor home. We just hang out here and have a great time and eat and enjoy the parade."

Here's some good advice for parade goers:  Be respectful of private property and be mindful of where you park. You don't want your Fat Tuesday fun spoiled by getting ticketed or towed.

"The parade starts at one o'clock. We're expecting to have well over 50,000 people along the 2.7 mile route in Biloxi," said Creel.

All the barricades, traffic barrels and portable toilets will be in place before the big crowd arrives. The City of Biloxi is expecting another memorable celebration.

"We're looking forward to a great Mardi Gras.  It's going to be sunny skies, temperatures should be warming up a little. It'll be perfect parade weather," said Creel.

Following a hectic Monday, those same public works crews will be extra busy on Wednesday. That's when they get the assignment of cleaning up the streets and sidewalks after the parade.

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