BILOXI -- On Saturday, the Second Liners Mardi Gras Club of Biloxi brought A Black and White Masquerade to the streets of downtown.
Part of the charm of the parade is its smaller size and the krewe's ties to the community.
"The club's been in existence for nearly 20 years, and we're going strong," said public relations representative Pinkey Lewis. "I'm like a big kid -- I love Mardi Gras."
"There's a family-type atmosphere," said Jackie Elly, chairman. "You can come as you want to come and participate. It's open to the public and we don't turn anyone away."
He said Second Liners enjoy the camaraderie and "just being able to ride and have a good time together."
The paraded featured performances from numerous bands from throughout the state, including the Band of Gold from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, as well high school bands from Canton and Prentiss.
At the parade's end, food for all paradegoers was provided by Gotta Lovett Catering at Busch Park on Esters Blvd.
The Second Liners' true priority is charity work in the community, from visiting nursing homes to giving away turkeys during the holidays.
"We do Mardi Gras, but we do things in the community all year long," Lewis said.