Sunday afternoon my wife and I went to our favorite Mardi Gras parade, which is the St. Pauls Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade held in Pass Christian, MS. The entire town of Pass Christian was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Pre-Katrina population was just over 6,000 people and around 45,000 usually attended their annual Mardi Gras parade. This once gorgeous little coastal town is still in the terribly slow process of rebuilding. The parade and the crowds are smaller than before, but the carnival season spirit was still big as ever.
We managed to catch a ton of beads (without baring our chests or even seeing any bared chests) a moon pie or two and a few doubloons.
Here are a few pics for those of you still digging your way out of snow and cannot make it south for the festivities.
Mardi Gras is more than just a day of frivolity and libations. Our carnival season begins about four weeks before Fat Tuesday. In larger cities like Mobile and New Orleans there are parades almost nightly up to the culmination of the celebration on Fat Tuesday.