BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Despite chilly temperatures, thousands of parade goers were enthusiastic as they enjoyed the Krewe of Neptune parade Saturday.
Neptune brought its unique Mardi Gras experience to the streets of downtown Biloxi - plenty of long beads and impressive marching bands. Long known for its colorful New Orleans style floats, the parade did not disappoint.
"I've got my husband and my neighbors and my children," said one young woman, holding her six month old daughter as her husband watched the older girls.
Marching bands kept a steady beat throughout the evening, as throws rained down on an appreciative crowd.
"Oh, I love it. This is the best parade," said another parade goer, "I like Rich Moss as king, and 60 floats and all the wonderful bands."
Eleven-year-old Kelsey Goodyear found a good spot near city hall. The beads are nice, but it's the atmosphere she enjoys most.
"Seeing all the people having fun," said Goodyear.
Mardi Gras is known as a crazy, let your hair down and get wild kind of fun, but it wasn't just the crowd who was fired up Saturday night. The float riders were all about the celebration.
"Go Panthers, go Panthers," came the chant from one group.
Jeff Whitten and his crew are visiting from North Carolina.
"Mardi Gras and the Panthers. The Super Bowl. The victory," said Whitten.
It was quite a Saturday night in downtown Biloxi. And a fine and fitting warm-up to the Fat Tuesday fun that's soon to follow.