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Hattiesburg Parade: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:00am

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

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Caerus (Ky-rus)  Mardi Gras Parade
Theme:  “Fairytales”
Saturday, February 7, 2015,  11:00am


The 4th Annual Hattiesburg Mardi Gras Parade, sponsored in part by Keith’s Superstores, will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 am.  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.

** Once again, we are encouraging all participants to have adequate throws.  Multicolor and Pearl Beads are available for purchase in support of the A.R.C. and United Way foundations.

 Sincere Thanks to all who support & participate in this, the largest

Hub City Event !!!

Contact Us:  Facebook “CAERUS”, Email hburgmardigrasparade@yahoo.com, Phone 601-270-1476

  • The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host a 5K on Parade Day starting at Kamper Park, sponsored in part by Keith’s Superstores.  Register online at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MS/Hattiesburg/MadDashtoMardiGras
  • The New Orleans Saintsations will be participating in the parade!!!
  • This year, there will be a lump sum $$$ given to the overall float winner!!!
  • Keith’s Superstores will host a Masquerade Ball to benefit The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Lake Terrace Convention Center on Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7pm til 11pm.
  • We will be taking on other sponsors this year.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us via email hburgmardigrasparade@yahoo.com
  • Tshirts, beads, parade entry and ball tickets can be purchased through our website, here, via PayPal or Credit Card. 

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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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