By Caray Grace| February 7, 2016 at 1:38 AM CST - Updated July 25 at 12:40 AM
The streets of downtown Gulfport came alive Saturday afternoon as dozens of floats rolled with the Krewe of Gemini.
"I think that the parade was awesome today. It's a good experience for all the kids to come out and have some fun for Mardi Gras this year," said Anna D'Aquilla.
Krewe of Gemini is Gulfport's biggest day parade, and 2016 was no different. The floats, throws and crowds were plentiful, and the weather couldn't have been better to celebrate one of the last parades of the carnival season.
"I love the parade, you know what I mean, so we're just out here having a good time you know; just chilling," said one excited parade goer.
For many, Mardi Gras represents more than king cake, beads and parades. Instead, it's about good, clean family fun.
"Just being out, having fun with friends. Doesn't have to be about big things, it's just getting a group of friends and celebrating. That's about all that can happen," said another parade goer.
Craig Grisoli of Pass Christian brought some parade first-timers with him to experience Mardi Gras.
"It's a great day parade, really family oriented and good throws a lot of good times, just some good fun," said Grisoli.
Not only does the weekend before Fat Tuesday host some of the best parades, but it tends to bring visitors in from all over - even as far as Colorado.
"We didn't even know we were coming to it. We just ended up and got dragged down here," said Doug Moses.
For some out-of-towners, it's their first taste of Mardi Gras. For others, it's a family tradition to visit the coast, attend the parades and pass it along to future generations.
"We come every year. I think I've been coming since we were their age," said Kevin Barnette of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Krewe of Gemini will roll again on Fat Tuesday for their annual night parade. It will take the same route, and begins at 5:30 p.m.