Video: Mardi Gras in Biloxi with GCCA
BILOXI -- About 70,000 people filled the streets of Biloxi for the annual Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Fat Tuesday, the city estimated.
More than 120 units participated in the parade that officially brings about an end to Carnival season in Biloxi.
Police Chief John Miller said the parade went smoothly, but an officer was injured afterward by a car leaving the area.
"We had an officer on foot that was hit by a car," Miller said. "The officer was taken to the hospital with what seems to have been minor injuries. He's going to be fine. He'll probably take a day off and come back to work."
Miller said there wasn't any other major incidents.
"We didn't have any major issues," he said. "We didn't have any fights or major crowd problems."
Miller said there were several minor arrests during the parade and only one felony arrest for a drug charge.
"The Alcoholic Beverage Control issued 45 alcohol-related citations," he said.
With temperatures hovering around 55 and a steady breeze blowing, conditions were a bit chilly along the parade route. Miller said that may have affected attendance.
"When it is cold or there is inclement weather, a lot of people stay off the route until it starts," he said. "Then, you have tons more people on the streets when the parade starts rolling."
He said he estimated the heaviest crowds to be along Main Street, U.S. 90 and Reynoir Street.
"We had no major traffic issues after the parade other than trying to get that many people out of there." he said. "People just had to be patient."
Miller said law enforcement from Harrison County. D'Iberville, Long Beach, Hattiesburg, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian and the state Department of Marine Resources helped with the parade.