BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The party has rolled on, but Fat Tuesday remnants can still be found all over downtown Biloxi. The day after Mardi Gras is one of the busiest days of the year for city cleanup crews.
The downtown streets are still buzzing with activity, but it's a little different than the day before. Crews from public works and parks and recreation can be found all over downtown in the days following Mardi Gras.
"Every year, we know to expect it, so it's just our job. We come out here and do it. There are people milling around and picking up beads as you rake them," said Ronny Corso, public works crew leader.
Corso and the other two dozen plus workers milling around will have a little more work on their hands this year. The city is down one of its best street sweepers this time around.
"Usually, we're done in about two and a half to three hours. Today, I'm not sure," said Corso.
Fortunately for Corso and his crew, they're not the only ones picking up.
"I saw these and thought well, I'll just check it out, and there are a whole bunch of them that are still good," said Monty Stephens after picking up a handful of beads from the street.
Stephens and his dad, Larry, are driving back home to Florida soon, but not before stopping by to see what they can find in the Mardi Gras aftermath.
"We're picking up so much, I feel like I ought to be on the city payroll," said Larry.
But, really, they say they're getting the sweet end of this deal. They didn't have to fight the crowds, and they didn't have to yell at anyone to get some beads.
"Throw me something, mister! We didn't have to utter that one time. It's all right here," said Larry.
Monty said his goal was to find some beads for his wife's students back home. Of course, what's to say he wasn't keeping some for himself? Regardless, he won't have to open his wallet.
"I don't have to go to the Mardi Gras store now. I can just go home," said Monty.
He'll be going home with a little taste of Gulf Coast Mardi Gras.
It will take crews the next several days to get trash and barricades picked up, so please use caution when driving through the area.