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Last minute Mardi Gras preps underway for GCCA

"It's an unbelievable amount of work. And you have to trust in a lot of things you can't see. People doing work behind the scenes," said Steve Polk, this year's captain of the GCCA. (Photo source: WLOX) "It's an unbelievable amount of work. And you have to trust in a lot of things you can't see. People doing work behind the scenes," said Steve Polk, this year's captain of the GCCA. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Gulf Coast Carnival Association ball starts at 8pm Monday and is open to the public. The parade rolls through the streets of Biloxi at 1pm on Fat Tuesday. (Photo source: WLOX) The Gulf Coast Carnival Association ball starts at 8pm Monday and is open to the public. The parade rolls through the streets of Biloxi at 1pm on Fat Tuesday. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Last minute touches were being added to the Gulf Coast Carnival Association's big to-do all day Monday. A lot of it started at the Gulf Coast Carnival Association's float den. 

Doug Blom helps make all of the floats possible, from designing, to building, and making sure everything's in place for the big day. 

"We can breathe a sigh of relief when they go down the street," said Blom.

But it's not just up to Blom to put in the elbow grease. Dozens of float riders filled the warehouse putting their finishing touches on the floats. 

"Well, we just got here. It'll take us a few hours to get all of this unboxed and ready to go for tomorrow," said Stacy Wadsworth while working on the Roy Anderson float.

The last 24 hours were closing in on these float preps as folks buzzed from float to float.

"We're almost there," said Blom, "Then it's time to bring them back and clean them out and get everything straight on them and start getting everything ready for next year."

Meanwhile, over at rehearsal for the other element to GCCA's big event, the Coronation Ball at the Coliseum was all coming together. 

"It's an unbelievable amount of work. And you have to trust in a lot of things you can't see. People doing work behind the scenes," said Steve Polk, this year's captain of the GCCA.

Polk was hard at work making sure all of the choreographed steps hit their marks. He knew the pomp and circumstance would soon be over. 

"Soon after we're finished here we'll start getting floats in shape, or as soon as the parade's over, so we'll have everything in line for next year," said Polk.

The GCCA ball starts at 8pm Monday and is open to the public. The parade rolls at 1pm on Fat Tuesday. If you can't go in person, you can watch our live broadcast on WLOX-TV, WLOX.com, or through our free WLOX Roku app.

If you are planning to attend, here's a look at the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade route through Biloxi: 

Click here to see our full list of South Mississippi Mardi Gras parades and maps.

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