Throw Me Something, Mister! A Popular Phrase This Time of Year.
Yes, it’s that time again. Masks. Beads. Floats. Krewes. Parades. Balls. These words collectively can describe only one event that happens at the beginning of the year — MARDI GRAS! The festivities kick off this weekend with parades in both Pass Christian and Ocean Springs. Those in attendance hope to get the “treasures” thrown to them from the floats’ krewe members. Shouts of, “throw me something, Mister,” are heard from the crowd. If they do get so lucky, their necks will fill with bead necklaces and their bellies fill with yummy moon pies. It’s a fun time for the whole family to enjoy. To see a list of all the 2018 upcoming parades and their times, click here.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has celebrated this event dating back over a century. It was in 1908 that the Gulf Coast Carnival Association first participated with a Krewe, which consisted of 17 floats. Over the years, more and more parades have been added. Currently, there are more than 20 parades registered through the Gulf Coast Carnival Association. Most of the parades happen during the day, however, in 2011 the Long Beach Carnival Association added its first evening parade. As the “Carnival on the Coast” grows bigger, so do the parties. It is estimated that over 450,000 people attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast parades.
So put on your green, gold, and purple and get out there to partake in all the fun happening this weekend through February 13, 2018! Practice saying, “throw me something, mister,” a popular phrase this time of year.