Ocean Springs police call for cancellation of Mardi Gras night parade

Ocean Springs police call for cancellation of Mardi Gras night parade

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - An appearance by the city's deputy police chief took Aldermen by surprise Tuesday night in Ocean Springs. Deputy Chief Derek Hoppner asked Aldermen to cancel the city's Mardi Gras night parade, citing concerns about the safety of his officers.

Hoppner handed a letter to city aldermen at Tuesday's meeting. He said there were problems with fights at the most recent night parade in February, and he wants to better protect the officers.

Alderman John Gill tells WLOX News Now that while he's concerned about the safety of officers, he doesn't think there's enough support to cancel the parade.

"I don't see it happening. It's only 60 days before the parade. People are already planning it. People are already looking forward to it." said Gill.

Gill said he will seek recommendations to improve the safety of the officers working the parade.

It would take a majority vote among Aldermen for the city to cancel the Mardi Gras night parade.

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