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Krewe Already Preparing For Mardi Gras 2002

It's just three days until Christmas, but for the construction crew working out of a warehouse in east Biloxi, the work being done is not for Santa.

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association is more concerned about the fact that there's just 52 days left until Mardi Gras.

"A lot of people are busy with Christmas and New Years and, of course, we are with our families, too, but we're also getting Mardi Gras ready and right after New Years, it'll be non-stop until Mardi Gras day," explained Don Marie, a Gulf Coast Carnival Association Lieutenant.

Float builder Doug Blum started work in May. This year, five of the 21 Gulf Coast Carnival floats are in the process of being completely stripped and re-built. Each float will take about a month to finish. Inside the warehouse, you can see the five floats in their different stages of completion.

"We tore them all the way down just, so we have just the frame and the wheels and then built it back from that," Blum said. "All new wood, all new wiring."

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association will spend about $30,000 this year re-building the five floats. They're getting rid of this floral sheeting and going back to the way floats were made years ago--with painted fabric.

"We just wanted to upgrade them and put a more modern look on them and so we can put a prettier and more quality product on the streets on Mardi Gras day," Marie said.

All of the older floats will receive a little touch up work before Mardi Gras. Every year, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association plans to re-build five more floats until all of them have been re-done.

This year, Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 12th. The float builder for the Gulf Coast Carnival Association assures us that the floats will be ready by then.

By Amanda Jones

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