Krewe of Gemini prepares for Fat Tuesday
Krewe of Gemini is the only association on the Coast to have two parades, but they are ready to wrap up the Mardi Gras season tomorrow night with just as much enthusiasm as their first parade they held on Saturday.
Krewe of Gemini President Chase Moses and his wife, the krewe’s ball captain, Shellie Moses were putting some last minute touches on their floats for Fat Tuesday’s night parade. While these preparations can be long and extensive, for them celebrating 50 years makes it all worthwhile. “Fifty years is incredible. It really is. It is hard for an organization to last that long and one of the things we are most proud of is that we do the children oriented parade. It’s family friendly. Everybody can come and have a good time. It’s safe. It’s good for everybody.”
At their first parade on Saturday, they had a lively crowd. So, they hope for that success again. Ball Captain Shellie Moses said, “It’s definitely a party. We want to make sure that all of the kids catch the beads and the people that are coming in from all over the place get to them as well. It’s about the City of Gulfport, but also about the Coast.”
The krewe changed routes this year to incorporate more of the downtown district in Gulfport and they said the first parade saw a success with this change. “We wanted to be able to give not only the tourism dollars that come in through Mardi Gras, but to give them the opportunity to fatten their pockets on Fat Tuesday a little bit. So, we are looking forward to everybody enjoying the route. We had nothing but positive comments.”
Things on Fat Tuesday will be a little different than Saturday’s parades with more floats and added lights for the night. “Well, anytime you have a night parade it is definitely more fun and festive because people get to go out and celebrate. The lights will be on the floats. Everybody’s floats will be all lit up this year, but what is so fun is that we get to close up Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast and that is an honor for us to be able to do that.”
The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and the Moses’ say to expect a lot of good throws and smiling faces.