The City of Long Beach had its turn taking part in the Mardi Gras festivities and did so in style.
Residents packed the streets of Downtown Long Beach Saturday night to get a glimpse of the floats, music, and action for the 50th annual Carnival Association of Long Beach Night Parade.
Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson served as grand marshal, 67 total units took part in the fun, and each float sported a different theme.
Carnival Association of Long Beach President Jason Green says the parade is the culmination of a year filled with community service for the association. “Our organization does give back to the community with grants and various charities that we support, Make-A-Wish, Pink Hearts Fund, Seabee Scholarships, Boys and Girls State, so that makes us different. We’re carnival with a cause. We have a good time, but we also give back to our community.”
This year’s parade was one of the largest ones for the association since it began rolling in 1970.