Krewe of Porches preparations underway in Ocean Springs

Like many other cities and organizations, the City of Discovery has discovered a new way to celebrate carnival season.

Ocean Springs business owners and residents are finding creative new ways to celebrate carnival season this year.

Enter the Krewe of Porches, a way for the Ocean Springs community to show their Mardi Gras spirit in the absence of parades through art. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Director Julian Rankin said, “Art is everywhere, it manifests itself in the community, and so we thought it was a wonderful opportunity with the restrictions that we have in this COVID climate to still be inventive and to think about a way to be creative.”

A partnership between the Walter Anderson Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Public Art Project of Ocean Springs and Historic Ocean Springs Association, the community has already started placing colorful displays of purple and green in storefronts and porches. Cynthia Sutton with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce said, “Mardi Gras season is during the snowbird season, so we have a lot of snowbirds that come into town that don’t even know what Mardi Gras is, so it is another way to kind of make sure that we talk about one of the traditions that we love in Ocean Springs.”

Registration is free, but a $25 donation is suggested. Those donations will go towards funding art scholarships for kids at the Walter Anderson Museum and the Friends of Arts, Culture, and Education. “Summer camps and things, we do throughout the year, this will allow more students to participate.”

While replacing the atmosphere of a parade is difficult, local leaders say celebrating Mardi Gras safely is still key. “We still want to generate that activity to town, and this is a fun way to do that.”

“It’s like an exhibition of installations out in the community, and I think Anderson would be proud to see it and it really aligns with his philosophy.”

Registration closes on February 8th. More information can be found on the Krewe of Porches Facebook page.

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