HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hardy Street west of Highway 49, along with a couple of other streets in West Hattiesburg, were "party central" for the Pine Belt Saturday afternoon, as thousands of people celebrated an early Fat Tuesday. They came out to see the 3rd annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade.
Dozens of floats took part in the event, which began on the East side of the Southern Miss campus and about an hour later, ended on the West side.
The theme for this year's parade was "Sailing the Seven Seas" and for the first time, it was held during the day and on a weekend.
"I think the daytime is beautiful, because the sunlight, and just lots more people," said Dorsetta Monroe of Hattiesburg, one of the folks attending the parade.
"I like it better at night, because I like the lights, but I think it's better during the day because it's a better, friendlier environment," said Connie Shelton, another parade spectator.
"We've been to all the parades and it was hard to make the night parades, so it's nice they moved it on to Saturday," said Brett Vanwey, another spectator.
Nearly 100 floats were entered in the parade.