Biloxi children’s parade is a family tradition


 Saturday was Katie Miller’s last year to march in the Biloxi Children’s Walking Parade.

She is 12 years old now, so she will graduate next year to shepherding her younger relatives along the route through downtown Biloxi.

Katie has been part of the parade since she was 8 months old, when her mother, Sara Miller, dressed her as a butterfly and she won the costume contest. Through the years, she has been Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, a clown and even a penguin. This year, she dressed as the Big Apple for the parade theme, “New York, New York.”

Katie was OK with marching her last time on a clear, crisp Saturday afternoon, “It’s been fun,” she said, “but I’m kind of tired of dressing up.”

Children’s parades are a tradition in Biloxi, where Grand Marshal and former Harrison County Supervisor Bobby Eleuterius recalls that the children’s parade in the Possum Neck community of Point Cadet started in 1938.

He pointed out one of the founders of that parade, Helen Cook, who hardly looked her 82 years as she waited for Saturday’s parade to start.

Sara Miller summed it up nicely: “It’s been a family tradition. Mardi Gras has been part of our lives since me and my sisters were young.”

— Anita Lee

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