This year’s Carnival season is a short one, starting with the feast of the Epiphany on January 6 and ending with Fat Tuesday on February 13. But that’s plenty of time to celebrate and enjoy five unique parades that will take to the streets starting February 4 and wind down with four parades in four days leading up to Mardi Gras day.
- by Shoofly Staff
The parade starts at the intersection of Drinkwater and US 90 (across the highway from Oschner Medical Center) and rolls west toward Waveland in the eastbound lane of the highway. The parade disbands at Auderer Street in Waveland.
Krewe of Diamondhead
Saturday, February 10, Noon
Crowds at this family-friendly parade can count on lots of beads, stuffed animals, and other prizes tossed by float riders as it rolls from City Hall to the Diamondhead Country Club. The starting point again this year is the south side of Diamondhead Circle, and the endpoint, as usual, is Country Club Circle.
St. Paul’s Carnival Association
Sunday, February 11, Noon
The St. Paul Carnival Association was established in 1930 and has been serving the Catholic schools for 94 years. The parade is considered the largest on the Coast, with tens of thousands on hand to enjoy the celebration.
St. Paul’s will crown their 94th King Christian and Queen Christiana with the parade that has rolled approximately 110 years through the streets of Pass Christian. The route begins at the corner of Davis Avenue and Second Street and turns west on Scenic Drive to U.S. 90 before turning north on Henderson Avenue, east on St. Louis, to Second Street, and ending at Davis Avenue.
Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse
Monday, February 12, 5:30 pm
Bay St. Louis
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse is adding star power to its Lundi Gras parade by featuring Chapel Hart members Danica and Devyn Hart and Trea Swindle as Grand Marshals. The performers were finalists on America’s Got Talent and have continued to win accolades for their music.
The evening parade features decorated golf carts and costumed walking groups. It starts at the Historic Depot and heads to Bookter before turning north onto South Necaise, east on Main Street, north on Second, east on Ulman Avenue, south on North Beach Boulevard, then up Court Street to disband at the parking garage.
Krewe of Real People: The Next Generation
Tuesday, February 13, 1 pm
Bay St. Louis
The Krewe of Real People: The Next Generation is a well-known social and philanthropic organization that rolls out its popular parade on Mardi Gras day.
The parade features floats, cars, trucks, marching bands, dance groups, bike clubs, horses, and walking groups. The route begins at Necaise Avenue, turns east on Main Street, then south on Beach Boulevard, before turning on Union, to Blaize Avenue, then Sycamore Street to Old Spanish Trail, and back to the starting point on Necaise.
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