Faces of Mardi Gras
Husband Walter and I are not enamored with crowds, but we attended the Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Mardi Gras parade this afternoon for the first time in a long while. When we returned home I was trying to remember when the local Elks Lodge launched the annual event.
Was it as much as a decade ago? Regardless of when it first rolled, we enjoyed the family-friendly, hometown celebration today.
Young spectators get acquainted with Izzy Bell before the parade.
I went online to check how long the Elks have been giving our town its own parade. A local online news article noted this was Ocean Springs’ 38th Mardi Gras parade.
Yikes. Several decades slipped past pretty fast there.
From where I sit, behind the crowd
Weather was warm and sunny, so Walter set up our camping chairs in the shade of a large live oak. That put us behind the crowds, but the face-painting vendor in front of us drew a swarm of parents and kids that made people watching an entertainment smorgasbord.
Mom and daughter capture a Mardi Gras memory.
A parade perch in a crepe myrtle