OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The eighth annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association parade rolled through downtown Friday night with its biggest participation yet.
The night parade boasted 43 units, ten more than the previous year. A floating lantern display was featured on Front Beach before the parade.
Reigning as 2016 royalty was Eva Beidelman as queen and Raymond Moore as king. Also featured in the parade was the Ocean Springs Jazz Band and the Keesler Air Force Honor Guard.
And floats came prepared with plenty of throws for the heavy crowd, which stretched from Porter to Washington Avenues and on to Government Street.
Queen Beidelman says she loves the character of the parade.
"I want it to get bigger, but I don't want it to lose its uniqueness," Beidelman said. "I don't want it to lose it's Ocean Springs charm."
Heather Eason has been parade captain for three years.
"I like that it's two different crowds, all in one parade," Eason said. "If you ask anybody that rides in this parade, they'll tell you the exact same thing. It is a blast."