LIZANA -- All roads to the Lizana Carnival Association Parade Mardi Gras parade are somewhat winding, but it's doubtful anyone took a more meandering route than Erica Proctor.
"New Mexico, now," she said when asked where she's from. "But really all over."
Her husband is an iron worker whose search for work sometimes brings him to the Coast, making the Mardi Gras connection that brought his wife and daughter Cayden to the parade.
Most of the parade-goers said it was the promise of family fun that brought them out.
"Good for the kids," said Jason Jones of Long Beach.
In fact, many retired to nearby homes as they waited 30 minutes or more for the second passing of the parade. It is one of the more rural of Mardi Gras celebrations and no one seemed to mind the wait.
A dozen or so of the younger and more energetic bounced on a caged trampoline. The adults in the crowd played corn hole (bean-bag toss for you snowbirds).
There was pizza, crawfish, shrimp, sno-balls and tamales to tempt those who skipped Sunday dinner to get a good spot.
Cindy Dodson and her crowd had already been to the Ocean Springs parade on Saturday.
"We just wanted to check this one out," she said. "We want to go to them all."