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Beads are flying off the shelf ahead of Fat Tuesday

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The beads are flying off the shelves at Mardi Gras Supplies in Gulfport.

Store Owner Manny Peixoto said, "Mardi Gras season is going very well this year. The economy seems like it has picked up a little bit. Internet orders have increased and overall, I think this year is a lot better than last year. I would say about 25 percent increase."

Peixoto said the week before Fat Tuesday is always the busiest.

"We will have maybe 20 to 30 people on the register," Peixoto said.

Workers are also wandering through the aisles helping customers, because for first time parade riders, there are a lot of decisions to be made.

"I can't wait to see what's going to happen and how it's going to be," Lisa Spacy said. "I hope I have enough beads to throw out. I don't want to disappoint people."

Bill Johnson said, "I was amazed when I came in here and saw how many beads and paraphernalia for Mardi Gras they have in here. It's awesome."

Johnson is from South Florida and Spacy hails from California, both have been transferred to Keesler Air Force Base with their spouses. Spacy's husband is the commander of the base.

The friends say they have been to a parade or two, but could not pass up the opportunity to indulge in the other side of Mardi Gras.

"I'm going to be part of the bead throwing instead of bead receiving," Johnson said.

"I'm excited to experience this new Mardi Gras culture in the South," Spacy said.

If you see Spacy and Johnson riding this Sunday in the D'Iberville parade make sure to shout "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!"

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