Rain doesn't dampen the Mardi Gras spirit in Jackson County

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It was a party gras in Jackson County Sunday, as a crowd of folks packed downtown Pascagoula for the 38th annual Carnival Association Parade. The festivities were originally set for Saturday, but reshuffled due to the rain. Parade goers said Sunday's weather was just right for a fun-filled time.

The mighty sound of horns and drums echoed down Ingalls Avenue, as the Pascagoula High School Band led Sunday's Mardi Gras fun.  While many parade goers danced to the beat, others sat back and enjoyed the sights and sounds over a Moon Pie.

"I love Mardi Gras, and it is fun," Moss Point resident Debra Thomas said.

For nearly 40 years, the Jackson County Carnival Association has rolled through the streets tossing beads, teddy bears and candy to all who come out.  Andre Pitts said he loved being at the celebration, and  brought his 16 grandchildren to the parade for a few throws and the lots of entertainment.

"It takes your mind off all the negative things. To see people get out for once and awhile and enjoy themselves, even though things are as hard as they area," Pitts said.

Carnival Association's Vice President Alma Huyett said unfortunately Mother Nature rained on their parade.

"A lot of people were a little disappointed because we had to postpone it another day."

Huyett said the carnival members, steppers, and bands were all determined to give the folks a fun filled party Sunday, rain or shine.

"There are seven crews that put it on and it is a family day for everybody," Huyett said. "It would be like canceling Christmas for somebody. We just couldn't do that."

The Mardi Gras lovers couldn't be happier.

"Everybody has to have fun on Mardi Gras. You can't bet this time of the year," parade participant Edward Nodhturft said.

"It feels great. There is nothing better, just party, party, party," a parade-goer said.

And it's a party they said will continue until Fat Tuesday.

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