Ocean Springs Kicks Off Mardi Gras Season

South Mississippi's Mardi Gras season is now officially underway.

Thousands of people gathered in Ocean Springs to watch the first of 25 parades scheduled for the coast this year.

As the carts rolled out of Wal-Mart Saturday Morning, employees got their float ready for the Ocean Springs Mardi Gras parade.

"We're just out here getting the decorations ready, you know to get everybody in the spirit, to get everybody in the dancing mood, make sure everything's hung up, make sure everybody's ready to go," said Wal-mart Associate Melissa David.

David helped others put the beads on racks to get ready to throw to parade go-ers.

The parade featured 30 floats, 20 marching groups, and crowds of people having a good time.

Although this is the first year for Wal-Mart to have a float in the parade, employees say it's been a true team effort.

"We all banded together," said David. "Everybody had their own little idea here and there. That's what Wal-Mart is all about... everybody getting together, being family."

"Everybody has a great time," said Rob Adkins, a Wal-Mart Assistant Manager. "Everybody has fun, and it brings a sense of unity back into our store." A sense of unity that the community can enjoy, too.