Discover Christmas Parade and Toy Drive happening this weekend in Ocean Springs

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The Ocean Springs ELKS B.P.O.E 2501, Krewe Unique, and the Ocean Springs Carnival Association have joined forces to organize the Discover Christmas Parade.

The parade will take place Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Ocean Springs.

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The three organizations formed a relationship because of the Ocean Springs Mardi Gras parades.

With the blessing of city leaders, Discover Christmas aims to create a family-oriented parade; however, this is not a parade like any other. This is a give and receive parade. This parade also acts as a toy drive.

In addition to the toy drive, this parade is also an interactive parade. If you attended last year’s parade, you probably remember the pillow fighting elves and the Grinch. This year, those characters will appear again … and they are bringing friends!

If you want to participate in the toy drive, make sure to bring a new unwrapped gift.

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A native to the Gulf Coast, Brantly Keiek comes to South Mississippi from Pensacola, Florida. Brantly's passion for weather can be traced back to active hurricane seasons during his childhood. His interest in meteorology peaked when his hometown experienced back-to-back hurricane landfalls in 2004 and 2005. His desire to learn about the atmosphere led him to study at Florida State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and a Minor in Mathematics. Prior to graduating, Brantly also completed a year-long internship at WEAR-TV in Northwest Florida. Brantly enjoys the beach and looks forward to spending time on the coast. He was a competitive swimmer for nearly ten years and loves water sports. While in Pensacola, Brantly was a beach lifeguard for several years where he performed over 100 water rescues.

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