LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel will host it's first Mardi Gras parade next year.
The parade will be held on January 31, 2015. It will take the same route as the annual Christmas parade and will be sponsored by the Helping Hands Foundation.
The parade will be a way for the foundation to raise the necessary funding in order to help people with life-threatening illnesses that have expenses not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The foundation works with area hospitals in screening potential applicants.