Expect a lot of changes for this year’s Gautier Men’s Club parade.
The 2018 parade, which is called the Gautier Mardi Gras Night Parade & Block Party, will roll at 7 p.m. Feb. 3. It’s taking a different route, beginning and ending at the Dolphin Road Roundabout. The route goes from the roundabout, east on Dolphin Road, then south on Gautier-Vancleave Road. The route then takes a right onto U.S. 90 and then takes a right back onto Dolphin and ends at the roundabout for the block party.
About that block party? It happens right after the parade, with live music from 8 to 11:30 p.m., with a high school battle of the bands.
This year’s club float theme is Get Funky.
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Since its inception, the Gautier Men’s Club has helped Gautier and surrounding communities by donating time and money it raises throughout the year.
Among its annual projects are the sponsorships of families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, including Christmas toys for children.
The club presents awards to the firefighter and police officer of the year, the Gautier Citizen of the Year and annual scholarships to graduating Jackson County seniors.
The club’s annual parade is open to all organizations, with each decorating its float based on its own theme.