BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Mardi Gras tradition could be returning to Biloxi after almost a decade. The Krewe of Neptune has asked to roll a night parade for the 2015 carnival season.
"Why not bring back a Biloxi tradition?" said Biloxi Council President Kenny Glavan.
He's in favor of making the night parade a part of Biloxi's Mardi Gras celebration again. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, the Krewe of Neptune has taken to the streets during the day on Fat Tuesday. The Krewe wants to bring some tradition back to next year's festivities.
"It's just something about the mystique of having an event at night," said Glavan.
Moving the parade back to a nighttime setting will be changing a lot about the city's Mardi Gras week. One thing that Glavan said will be a benefit of rolling at night is that many people who work during the day will be able to make it to the parade now.
"For years, since Katrina, they get off at night and they hear about it, see it on the news. But, they can't experience it," said Glavan.
The prospect of bringing Biloxi back to its Mardi Gras past is getting people excited. But, some are worried that safety may become an issue. That's where the Biloxi Police Department steps in.
Chief John Miller is preparing his forces just as much as he would for any other parade. But, this year, he expects the workload to be a little lighter. The Neptune parade will be the only one in Biloxi on the day that it rolls next year. In the years since Katrina, both the Carnival Association and Neptune parades ran on the same day.
"Even though there were two parades, they pretty much ran back to back. So, it will shorten both parades," said Miller.
The night parade also has a proposed new route. This route could keep the parade from circling back to its starting point, allowing people to leave as soon as the parade passes by.
"So we wouldn't have that mass of people trying to get out of Biloxi all at the same time, like we have in the past," said Miller.
Next year's Krewe of Neptune Night Parade is scheduled to be the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. It should start rolling around 5:30pm.