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Tens of thousands catch Mardi Gras madness in Biloxi

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – The parade rolled right on time on a sunny, breezy Tuesday. The only things raining in downtown Biloxi were beads, doubloons and footballs. 

"Throw me something.  Over here!" a little boy shouted as dozens of floats rolled by.

Tens of thousands of people in the crowd begged for the best throws, and they were dancing to the beat of the Mardi Gras mambo.

"This is great," said Don Hupp of Perkinston. "This is the only day around here they'll let me run around with panties on my head. It's a lot of fun."

"Come on, put your hands in the air!" someone on a float told the crowd.

"It's exciting! I love it," said Michael Cabrera.  "I'm so glad I came down here from California. I've never seen anything like this in my entire life.  It's awesome, absolutely fantastic!"

Several ladies learned a great set of lungs can get you a lot of attention, and it helps to have a cute kid on your shoulders.

"Wonderful. I love all the moon pies. They're delicious. The beads, it's a lot of fun," said one woman.

"She doesn't quite know what to think about it.  It's her first one," a mom commented as her daughter munched on a moon pie.

It was hard to tell who had more fun:  Those in the crowd or those on the floats.  

"I'm excited!" said Donnie Walters of Pass Christian.  "It's a great time for everybody. Happy Mardi Gras and go Saints! Who dat!"

John Hairston served as this year's King D'Iberville and Kathryn Ann Bailey reigned as Queen Ixolib. And for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the Krewe of Neptune also rolled through downtown Biloxi on Fat Tuesday.

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