BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Warm weather and excited crowds greeted the annual Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade in downtown Biloxi on Fat Tuesday. This year's theme was "The Luck & Lore of Superstitions."
The good times certainly rolled through downtown Biloxi on this Fat Tuesday. Colorful floats, showers of beads and plenty of Mardi Gras smiles. The Old Biloxi Marching Club was in fine form. Captain Al is a longtime member.
"I've been in the Old Biloxi Marching Club for 18 years. And when I can't walk no more, I hope they put me on one of those hoverboards," he said, smiling.
As bands cranked up the music, the crowds got more excited. Justice Benwa and her mom, Vivian Griffin, had a perfect spot to take it all in.
"Oh yeah, having a great time," said Griffin.
"I enjoy seeing all the people come together and to have the family out here having a good time," added her daughter.
Eleven-year-old Keegan McMurtry used a whistle to attract the float riders attention. But Maurice Ohler prefers a large fishing net.
"Yes sir, it's working pretty dang good, sir. Look at the goods, look at the goods," he said, pointing to a basket filled with throws.
Family gatherings, friends having fun, or folks just letting their hair down before Lent. You don't need a reason to enjoy yourself on Fat Tuesday. Having fun is what it's all about.
Deb Fowler is a first timer. She's visiting her brother, Gary, from Saucier.
"It's great. I'll be back next year baby. I'm from Ohio," she said.
Five-year-old Isabell Johns had fun scoring stuffed animals. And she caught quite a collection. The throws, the floats, the friends, the fun, the music. What's not to like?
This year's Queen Ixolib is Molly Atherton of Gulfport. King D'Iberville is Kent Nicaud from Pass Christian.