Mardi Gras 2010 rolls to a close

           A costumed float rider in the 102nd Gulf Coast Carnival Association/Neptune parade in downtown Biloxi on Tuesday.

The sun was bright and the winds chilly Tuesday for the Coast’s final three Mardi Gras parades, which drew more than 100,000 revelers to the streets of Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis and ended a season with 24 major local parades, one more than in 2009.

For the most part, it was a fun and peaceful day of revelry.

In Biloxi a spectator injured her leg when she tried to jump over a barricade during the parade, police said; and officers made 39 arrests — 32 adults and seven youngsterd — for such offenses as public intoxication, fighting and underage drinking.

After the parade Biloxi police reported two accidents with injuries, one on Caillavet Street near the railroad tracks and the other on Interstate 110 northbound over Bayview Avenue. Both are being investigated.

Arrest reports were not available Tuesday for Bay St. Louis or Gulfport.

Tuesday’s excesses, frivolity and thrills over the challenges of catching plastic beads turn serious today, the beginning of the pre-Easter Lenten season. It is a time when many Coast residents will attend early-morning church services and wear ashes on their foreheads for the rest of the day.

— Pam Firmin


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