Mardi Gras

Second Liners parade dances through Biloxi

WESLEY MULLER/SUN HERALDA float rider hands beads to a reveler during Biloxi's Second Liners parade Saturday, Jan. 24, 2016.
WESLEY MULLER/SUN HERALDA float rider hands beads to a reveler during Biloxi's Second Liners parade Saturday, Jan. 24, 2016.

BILOXI -- The Second Liners Mardi Gras Club parade rolled through downtown Biloxi Saturday, shifting the 2016 Carnival season into high gear with only about two weeks until Fat Tuesday.

The family-friendly Second Liners was one of five parades on the Mississippi Coast this weekend, rolling at 1 p.m. from the Dr. Frank Gruich Community Center on Howard Avenue and ending at Doris C. Busch Park on Esters Boulevard.

Alfred McNair served as grand marshal of the parade. Other presiding royalty included Jevon Vontoure as King Asante VIII and Gladys Sloan as Queen Zaria VIII.

Based in east East Biloxi, the Second Liners Mardi Gras Club began in 1993 with a group of kids pulling wagons around their neighborhood and throwing beads to the adult residents. The annual procession grew over the years and has several times boasted as many as 80 units including high school marching bands and truck floats.

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