Mardi Gras

Orange Grove Carnival Association parade will not roll this year

The Orange Grove Carnival Association parade will not roll in Gulfport this year.

Organizers say the association disbanded after last year’s parade.

“The Orange Grove Carnival Association did not apply this year for the Mardi Gras parade,” said Chris Vignes, Gulfport public information officer. “After a look at parade numbers last year, it is my understanding they decided to disband.”

The krewe was formed in 1990 and the first parade rolled a few months later in February 1991 with a theme of Mardi Gras, Etc. and record-breaking crowds watching 80 units, bands, floats and horses.

The krewe paraded every year since its formation, including 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, although no ball was held that year.

Last year’s parade, the 26th, rolled with 14 floats, several cars, trucks and dancing groups along a route from Goldin Sports Complex off of Prudie Circle south on Three Rivers Road, then west on Dedeaux Road and ending at U.S. 49, according to a Sun Herald story about the parade.

The event was well-attended as evidenced from Sun Herald photographs.

“It was a great parade,” Vignes said. “They had a great tradition going, and we’re open to future discussions and look forward to the Krewe of Gemini’s family-friendly parades in Gulfport this year and other parades across the Coast.”

Scott Hawkins: 228-896-2424, @ScottHawkins4