The Krewe of Kids in Bay St. Louis emerged from neighborhood entertainment for children.
It all began as a loose-jointed affair more than 25 years ago to give kids a way to celebrate Mardi Gras in their own imaginative way, and it remains so.
The 2014 parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at U.S. 90 and Dunbar Avenue heading north to Boardman and Leonard Avenues, then back.
A pre-Katrina tradition resumes this year, with paraders stopping at Dunbar Village to greet the senior king and queen there, then returning to Dunbar Village for a party after the parade.
The kids use bikes, wagons, sometimes canoes on hospital gurneys or fake alligators mounted on shopping carts.
No registration is required and all children are welcome to join and meet at North Bay Elementary in the parking lot.
No motorized vehicles are allowed, except for the king's and queen's ride. The young royalty is selected by the luck of the draw of names from a hat.