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.
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 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.
Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30pm at The Oak Tree Room, 2nd floor of the Payne Center at USM!!!