Community making preparations for 6th Annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade

February 10, 2017

 

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A large crowd is expected for the 6th Annual Caerus Mardi Gras parade Saturday.

 

Marketing and Communications Melissa Saucier said they have a lot of 'throws' and organizations participating this year.

 

“Kids and adults, expect a lot of great throws, we have beads, moon pies, stuff animals, candy, people are really thinking outside the box, on the throws this year" said Saucier.

 

She added, "The companies and businesses, are just really going overboard to make sure that the crowd is happy.”

 

Saucier said 50 companies and organizations are participating this year and on each float the crowd can expect at least 50 people inside.

 

“Last year we were over 50 floats, but again the floats are getting bigger this year, people are combining into one float, whereas you had three entries last year, all of those people might be on one big float" she said.

 

Hattiesburg Police said if you're coming out to see the float to make sure to drive on Hardy before 10 a.m. before the roads close.

 

Lieutenant (Lt.) Jon Traxler said, “Traveling or anything in the morning down Hardy, anywhere around Hardy, USM, or anything like that, find alternate routes."

 

Once the roads are blocked authorities are expecting a large turn out.

 

“We’ll have officers all the way down the route, both Forrest county, Hattiesburg, University of Southern Mississippi, there may even be, some highway patrolmen out here assisting, as well as Forrest General" said Lt. Traxler.

 

He added, "I mean we are going to have a lot of people out here assisting, to make sure crowd control is handled, and people have a good time.”

 

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and police said the roads will be blocked until 2 p.m.

 

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