BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A crowd estimated at 60,000 to 80,000 attended Tuesday's Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade in downtown Biloxi. Bright sun and blue skies greeted parade goers.
The tens of thousands who lined the streets were certainly not disappointed. Gabriel Wells and his family let the good times roll.
"We're having a wonderful time in Biloxi. I love Mardi Gras!" said Wells.
For the kids, it's all about those throws.
"Beads and candy and stuff," said one young boy, "I've got some beads with a football back there and some cups."
What happens when your birthday falls on Fat Tuesday? It's an extra special celebration for Josie Reddy, who was celebrating her 11th birthday. Her "It's My Birthday" sign was attracting attention and beads.
It's a celebration Jim Hardaman and Kimberly Rushton will long remember. He is King D'Iberville this year, while she reigns as Queen Ixolib.
Some parade goers experienced the joy of Fat Tuesday for the first time, like Teresa Carter.
"New here from California. I think it's amazing. It's the best parade I've ever been to without a kid. I'm having a fabulous time," she said.
Speaking of fabulous, the float riders' view is something special. Mardi Gras happiness: 11 year old Devin Jasper knows the feeling.
"I'm having the best time, yes. The music and all the happiness around here and beads," he said.
"I'm enjoying myself a lot," said Sierra Fraser, "The beads, the fun. Well, the food's pretty good."
The food, the fun, the beads, the floats. What more do you need on a Fat Tuesday?
Three floats in Tuesday's parade were considered the best in show. The judges gave first place to the float #55, the Biloxi Elks Lodge. Second place went to float #76, River Place Revelers, and third place went to #48, the Skate Krewe.