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Stone County has the little parade that could

A young paradegoer at the Stone County Carnival Association parade in Wiggins shows off his catch for the night on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News) A young paradegoer at the Stone County Carnival Association parade in Wiggins shows off his catch for the night on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

The Stone County Carnival Association parade is small, but it has a big heart and a long history.

The parade began in 1984 and was taken over by the Stone County Carnival Association two years ago. 

“Well, for one thing, it does carry on tradition because we’ve had it for so long,” said parade coordinator Sandra Kirke. “And I think it just brings the community out and together, and it’s just a good family treat for them.”

Queen Deb-B Kopp is well aware of the need to keep the parade as part of the Wiggins culture.

“There’s so much tradition in this town,” Kopp said. “It’s a small town, but boy it’s - I didn’t know. I’m from the north and been down here 13 years, and it’s a big deal for everybody.”

Bobby Fairley served as the reluctant king.

“Didn’t really want to, but I was honored to be it,” Fairley said. “The parade is part of our little Wiggins town and we enjoy it.”

Friends Susan Scarborough and Patricia Ladner re-purposed their pontoon-turned-float to honor Marilyn Monroe as part of the parade’s theme, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

“Everybody comes out, just has a great time,” Scarborough said. “It’s a small little place, but everybody’s just really great.”

For Avrielle Grimmett, music is the most important part of the parade. The throws are a different story.

“I’m not a very good catcher, but I get a good amount," said Grimmett.

And, there’s another reason she likes the parade over the others.

Grimmett added, “It’s fun, even being small. Because, you’re not out so late. It doesn’t get freezing cold.”

For Darlene Kilgore, the parade is part of her family’s history.

“We come every year to the Mardi Gras parades and any parades there is,” Kilgore said. “It’s safe, fun. Everyone likes it. It’s a tradition for everywhere else, so, it’s a good tradition for us as well.”

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