Mardi Gras is BIG on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
- Flags of purple, gold, and green; beads, lights, and of course, wreaths adorn both inside and outside of residences.
- Women in fancy formal gowns, accompanied by men in dashing tuxedos, make their way to a series of soirees and coronation balls, paid for by the “krewe king.”
- Parades with floats and plenty of “throws” (beads, paper flowers, doubloons, small stuffed animals, plastic drinking cups, etc.) wind down city streets while people watch, their hands outstretched and their voices hoarse from yelling, “Throw me something, Mister!”
- Kids get out of school.
- And many adults get the day off.
Sadly, we weren’t in Gulfport long enough to photograph a parade, nor was I invited to one of those balls, but I did manage to capture some doors for you.
Which do you like best, and why?
Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!