Thousands Turn Out for Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Thousands filled the streets of Long Beach Sunday afternoon for the Long Beach Gulf Coast Carnival Association's Mardi Gras Parade.

It wasn't just the band marching to the Mardi Gras beat at the parade, thousands of revelers also shook their shook their hips and waved their hands in hopes of capturing some coveted beads.

The mayor was no exception.

"We're very excited. This is obviously a success," says Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie.

Skellie says there was a bigger turnout at this year's parade than last year's.

"It's larger," he says. "We increased the route again to go a few more blocks south to make it a little larger parade in hopes that this will be enjoyed by more people."

One of the people enjoying the parade was a past queen of the Long Beach Carnival Association. She's still very involved in the city's Mardi Gras parade tradition.

"It's getting bigger each year," says 2000 Queen Rosalie  "I think it's getting more family oriented.We're getting a lot more families and floats and that's our goal."

Young or old, nobody left this parade empty-handed, and it appeared a good time was had by all.

Billy Phelps and Diane Ladner were king and queen of this year's Long Beach parade.