Downtown Gulfport Turns Green For Big Parade

It was a great day for shamrocks and you could find them in pigtails, and on bell bottoms.

"Whether it's Mardi Gras or St. Patrick's, it's a party time. It's a time for families an people to come out and rain or shine. No matter what happens, the people are gonna turn out," said James Kornman.

And turned out they did.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Gulfport, hoping to catch a little luck of the Irish.

From members of the cloth to members of the canine family- they were all looking for a little fun to perhaps last a lifetime.

"It's a day for the family to get out and enjoy activities together as a family and I think since Hurricane Katrina we need a little bit of fun and activity in our lives, and to show that we're together and we're united," said Joan Wooten.

Four-year-old Keon Barney was excited his mom finally took him to a parade this year.

"How many beads are you gonna catch today? Maybe a lot of them," said Barney.

"I missed the Mardi Gras ones because I was really sick and under the weather, so he enjoys it so much, so I wanted to bring him and have a good time," said Keon's mom Lola Barney.

And a good time was had by all, including by grand marshall General Joe Spraggins, and WLOX's own Carrie Duncan who served as Colleen, and made quite an impression as an Irish lass.

There was definitely not a shortage of creative ways to catch the goodies, from homemade buckets to parents using their cute children.

But what else would you expect? Despite any storm, South Mississippians will always know how to have a good time.

Sunday's parade had a new route through downtown Gulfport due to Hurricane Katrina.