OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The beads hanging from tree branches in downtown Ocean Springs are a reminder of the first parade that rolled through the city on Saturday.
Even so, the violent stabbing witnessed by dozens of people just before the event hasn't left a sour taste in everyone's mouth.
"Things happen, especially during Mardi Gras. You're going to have a lot of people, a lot of different mix crowds intermingling. So you're going to have a lot of altercations," said Christian Williams, Ocean Springs resident.
Ocean Springs police say the incident stemmed from a drug deal gone bad days before the parade. Alderman Matt McDonnell feels like it was a crime of opportunity.
"Unfortunately, you really can't prevent things like that. That could have happened in a parking lot in a church. That could happen anywhere and unfortunately it happened at our parade," said Matt McDonnell.
With the night parade just around the corner, residents say they feel like it was an isolated incident and there's no need for concern.
"Should I feel endangered or like maybe concerned? Not necessarily. I live here. This is where I'm from," said Devin Jones.
In 2016, several fights broke out during the night parade. At one time the Ocean Springs Deputy Police chief was calling for its cancellation, but McDonnell says they were able to work out those issues.
"We want people to come here. We want them to feel safe. We want our security to be very visible. We want them to be friendly, but we want them to be visible. We want people to know they're no nonsense, and we want them to be safe," said McDonnell.
Two men were arrested in connection to that stabbing. They are being held at the Ocean Springs Detention Center, and their initial appearance before Judge Matthew Mestayer is scheduled for Wednesday.