Mardi Gras ready in the Bay

No Parades? No problem as local businesses and residents are still getting into the Mardi Gras spirit.

Downtown Bay St. Louis has been sprinkled with some mambo magic. Their main street is decked out for the season with many local businesses going all out for the holiday.

Local artist and owner of Clay Creations Jenise McCardell is embracing this year’s change in celebration and using it as her muse. “Trying to be more clever because we have to be, but we just need to mask up and be safe for Mardi Gras time.”

Every year they release a new ceramic sculpture for the holiday. This year is a mask up for Mardi Gras. “We have a traditional Mardi Gras mask and then we have our medical mask because of COVID.”

Another Mardi Gras and pandemic influenced creation of hers are house float sculptures which she has an abundance of in her shop. Although you don’t have to go far for the real thing in Bay St. Louis as many residents are dressing up their houses and passerby love it. Resident Jane Peterman said, “It’s just so much fun. It makes me happy and Kay who lives here, she did a great job. It’s so beautiful.”

Visitor Abigale King said, “I love it. Everything we pass is so colorful. I love how the community came together to do it all. It gets you in the mood.”

“It’s different and its fun. It is like riding around looking at the Christmas decorations. Now we can ride around and look at Mardi Gras decorations.”

Mardi Gras like many other celebrations will be different, but residents are determined to keep the good times rolling.

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