Last year I had the pleasure of attending Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s first ever Mardi Gras parade, and it was a HUGE success! Caerus featured local business floats, school bands, clubs, and local organizations. This year, the parade plans to not only be bigger, but better! The parade has extended their route from Hillcrest dorms behind the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus to 38th avenue, and loop through neighborhoods back on to 4th street. According to Caerus’ website, last years event was extremely successful, and they expect nothing less this year.
Hattiesburg, MS was home to the first Caerus Mardi Gras Parade in February 2012.
The 2012 Caerus Parade drew an unbelievable 10,000 spectators.
The parade consisted of 54 participants and floats.
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 2013 Caerus parade will consist of 100 floats and is expected to draw at least 15,000 people.