GULFPORT -- The Orange Grove Carnival Association/Krewe of Kids parade rolled before a ready crowd Saturday with more than 40 units including floats that pumped out music and dance teams that strutted along the streets.
The OGCA celebrated the golden age of cinema with a theme of Strike a Pose. Its krewe members wore costumes of actors and actresses from the 1950s.
A rider on the maids and dukes float waved his arms wildly along the parade route, whipping the crowd into a shouting frenzy. The crowd obliged. The only phrase more common than "Throw me something" was "Billy! Billy!" as revelers recognized the grand marshal as Mayor Billy Hewes and begged him for beads.
Kids and grownups in the crowd wore colorful costumes as well. Kynnadi Lawrence, 5, and Casey Clanahan, 12, wore tutus. She also wore a feather boa and he wore a clown's wig. Kathy Fox wore a Mardi Gras-colored hat sporting glow lights.
The 23rd annual parade had a revised route that started at Prudie Circle, rolled down Three Rivers Road and ran along Dedeaux Road before ending at U.S. 49. Previously, the parade turned north on U.S. 49.
"The float riders really like being able to throw from both sides of the float the entire parade," parade captain Edmond Wright said. "They could only throw from one side when the route went on 49."
Cecily Cummings, Sun Herald freelance writer, contributed to this report.