Hattiesburg company spends months prepping for Caerus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mardi Gras season is rich with traditions, and the parade is one of the biggest customs of the season.

Wednesday afternoon, the president of L&A Contracting Company, Lee Sims says it's not Mardi Gras without the floats, and this year he has a 50 foot moving work of art to ride down Hardy Street for the 2013 Caerus Parade.

Sims and a couple of others decided to build an island themed float, which took months to complete. It has eight speakers, a place for the DJ, a restroom, and a tiki bar. Sims says it's ready to hold about 40 friends.

"The paint job was done by a young lady here from Hattiesburg named Sky Bailey. She painted the palm trees and the sunset. The lights were put on by Doleac Electric. It's more fun than you can imagine being on the floats, throwing the beads and throws to people, and seeing the expressions on their face," said Sims.

Sims says they will be ready to join the parade around 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

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