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Hattiesburg Parade: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 2:00pm

Charity Partner: A.R.C. of South MS

Parade Information

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The 4th Annual Hattiesburg Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The route will be the same as the 2014 parade- lineup along Service Road running alongside Hwy 49 south from 4th street up to Boot Country, proceeding along service road south to Hardy Street, right on Hardy proceeding west to 38th Ave and ending at Morningside Drive.

The 1st annual Laurel Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00pm. The route will be through downtown Laurel (route details available soon).

Big THANKS to Hattiesburg and Laurel City Departments for your support!! We appreciate you!!

  • The Salvation Army & Keith’s Superstores will host a Mardi Gras Themed 5K on Saturday, February 7th at 8:00am starting at Camper Park.
  • The New Orleans Saintsations will be participating in the Hattiesburg parade!!!
  • This year, there will be a lump sum $$$ given to the overall float winner at Hattiesburg and Laurel Parades!!!
  • Keith’s Superstores will host a Charity Masquerade Ball at Lake Terrace Convention Center on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
  • Proceeds will go to the USM Children’s Center. We invite Hattiesburg and Laurel parade participants to attend. Everyone is welcome to attend as this will be an affordable, ticketed event. More details coming soon.
  • Beads and T-shirts are on sale!!! See info in download documents.
  • Floats are still available. Contact us if interested!!

**We will be taking on other sponsors this year. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us via: Facebook “CAERUS” – Email hburgmardigrasparade@yahoo.com  – Phone 601-270-1476

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Parade Facts

Caerus Mardi Gras

Hattiesburg, MS was home to the first Caerus Mardi Gras Parade in February 2012.

The 2013 Caerus Parade drew an unbelievable 25,000 spectators.

The parade consisted of 78 entries.

With thousands more turning out for the parade than expected, floats ran out of beads less than half way through the parade. Local restaurants ran out of food and supplies to serve the overwhelming parade crowds!

The 2014 Caerus parade will draw at least 30,000 people.

 

Origins of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras originated in medieval Europe in the 17th & 18th centuries.

America’s first Mardi Gras celebration was in 1703 in Fort Louis de la Mobile (Mobile, AL).

The first American Mardi Gras parades began in New Orleans in the late 1830’s.

The first “floats” for the New Orleans parades were constructed in Paris, France by paper-mache’ artist George Soulie’.

In 1875, the Governor Warmoth of Louisiana signed the “Mardi Gras Act”, making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday. Mardi Gras festivities are now held throughout the United States, primarily throughout Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

The King of Cakes

The famous Mardi Gras tradition, The King Cake, was originally created in honor of the three kings from the Christmas story.

The baby was sometimes made of porcelain or gold.

Tradition mandates that whoever finds the baby in the cake must host the next King Cake party.

 

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