BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a sea of green in downtown Biloxi Saturday, a sign that St. Patrick's Day festivities have officially kicked off.
The fun began even before the parade got underway. John Cronin, along with a group of his fellow Irish transplants, serenaded the crowd with an ode to Ireland
"I think it's a very good celebration. They need a little bit more Irish music, but otherwise it's alright," said Noreen Bryant.
But, attendees didn't have to be Irish to enjoy the Hibernia Marching Society parade. Per usual, the Grand Marshal and Colleen were some of the first in the procession. This year's Grand Marshal Scott Delano and Colleen Alexandra Waldrop stopped in front of City Hall to share their annual toast.
As the parade continued to roll, colorful floats, decorated with everything from leprechauns to four leaf clovers traveled down the route showering the crowds with plenty of throws.
"I think it is a great time for people to get together, and enjoy and have fun and celebrate," said Chris Donegan.
Not long ago, Mardi Gras parades rolled this same downtown Biloxi route. The parade has the same concept, with beads flying and crowds lining up to catch the throws. But parade goers say there's a difference.
"It's quieter, it's easier getting out of town and it's fun. It's just nice getting out with people, friends, you know. It's always enjoyable," said Rich Feirn.
Other parade goers echoed his sentiments.
"It's a lot smaller, but it's wonderful. It seems a lot more family-like," said a parade-goer.
For most everyone in attendance, it's all about having good clean family fun year after year.