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Inaugural Mardi Gras Parade:Revised Route


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Mayor Johnny L. DuPree, Ph.D.

Press Release
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012,
For Immediate Release:

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez”
City of Hattiesburg Prepares for its Inaugural Mardi Gras Parade

Hattiesburg-The Countdown is underway for the City of Hattiesburg’s first annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade. Caerus is pronounced Ky-rus, meaning “spirit of opportunity.”

The big event, spearheaded by Keith Superstores and other Hattiesburg-area businesses, is set for Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The parade route begins in the North Lot of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hillcrest Residence Hall, traverses along Service Drive, running South parallel to Hwy 49, then onto Hardy Street, West to 38th Avenue where the parade will end. View revised map.

Floats will be judged on several features and an overall winner will be selected.  It’s not too late to participate in the parade, but the clock is ticking as the deadline is Friday, Feb. 3.  To register, please contact Parade Coordinator Melissa Davis via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 601.447.1463.

Thus far, the Caerus Mardi Gras Parade participants include: Sims Family, Morgan family, McElroy Family, McMullan Family, Jody's Bakery, Budweiser, Pepsi, Coke, Frito lay, Walnut Circle, Bottling Co., Parrotheads of Hattiesburg, ParkWest Apartments.,  Hattiesburg Optimist Club (ladies), Miss Mississippi contestants, Community Bank, Bancorp, Krewe of  Elks, Gattitown, The Abbey Salon, Petal Moose Lodge, Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, LMN Construction, B95, Rock 104, Krewe of They That Wait, Shriners, Island Hoppers, Manheim Mississippi, Krewe of Froth, Hattiesburg Moose Lodge 1804, Huddle House, Trustmark, Crypt Haunted House, Shafer Crisis Center, Rhythm Rush, Diamond Girls, Oseola Children’s Center, Brownstones and Clear Channel. The list of participants is growing by the minute.

“Our goal is to grow Caerus into a premier South Mardi Gras event,” said Davis. Davis said that some businesses have not only agreed to provide tailgating space on their properties but also plan to offer pre and post-parade specials.