Without a cloud in the sky, showers of beads rained down on the streets of Pascagoula. Grand Bay, Alabama resident Cathey Ready summed up the forecast in one sentence.
"Mardi Gras, all the way baby, one big party!" Ready screamed.
The 34th Annual Jackson County Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade gave some tiny tots a chance to make a catch, and the young at heart time to catch-up with old friends.
"It's all about seeing people you haven't seen in a long time, it's like a big family reunion!" Willard said.
Nearly 70 floats kept the good times rolling with elaborate decorations and heart-pumping music, while a sea of outstretched hands scrambled for some coveted treasures.
So, what's the secret to scoring the best beads? I asked some of the most seasoned parade-goers their tricks of the trade.
Some people bribed krewe members with a drink, others say, you've got to get noticed.
"You gotta yell real loud!" one man said.
"Throw me some beads, moon pie!" Ready yelled.
And an experienced 40-year reveler says it's all in your name.
"Ain't nobody on this coast more about Mardi Gras than Barry Willard," said Willard.
But from on-board the Krewe of Niord's pirate ship, it's easy to see that the only secret to snagging the sparkly treasure is just having fun. Which is why Cathey Ready will go home with a treasure chest full of beads this year.
The royalty of this year's celebration the parade. Grand Marshall Jim Hart was accompanied by Queen Aphrodite 31st Kristi Kell and King Ares Robbie Kell.