Assocation cancels Long Beach Mardi Gras parade

Assocation cancels Long Beach Mardi Gras parade
43rd Annual Mardi Gras Parade in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Miss. (WLOX) - Another krewe in South Mississippi has made the decision not to roll its parade for the 2021 Mardi Gras season.

The Carnival Association of Long Beach announced Tuesday members voted to suspend the parade for this season.

“Our wish and prayer is for everyone’s safety as we continue to face the challenges that are before us,” wrote Jason Green, association president, in a letter to Mayor George Bass and the Board of Aldermen.

The association had previously made the decision to suspend the annual coronation ball, but the decision concerning the parade was given more time.

“The decision we faced was not made lightly because we understand and take pride in the economic impact that ‘parade day’ has on the city - especially to our small businesses,” Green wrote. “Many of you and your families have enjoyed Carnival season from the past along with residents from within and outside the city as all have gathered together to join in the celebrations.”

Green closed the letter to city officials by writing the association looks forward to the 2022 season.

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