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Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m., Krewe of Neptune

The Krewe of Neptune, a men’s organization, celebrates 37 years this season. Founded in 1981, the first parade rolled 1983.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dealt the krewe a tough blow, but they reorganized in 2009.

Neptune rolls through downtown Biloxi traditionally at 5:30 p.m. the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, which the krewe said is now known as “Neptune Saturday,” and this year will be 5:30 p.m., Feb. 10. This year’s theme is Neptune University.

Neptune’s parade will have more than 70 units this year, including, according to a press release, “some spectacular 50 foot-long, illuminated double decker floats (that) will shower revelers with millions of beads along the parade route. Thousands of specialty LED throws have been ordered including Neptune medallion beads, Tridents, over-sized bouncing balls, footballs and sea creature necklaces to name a few. If that isn’t enough, look for other participating units such as the Honey Island

Clydesdales, numerous dancing clubs, private/corporation organization floats and the inaugural ride for the Krewe of Salacia as a part of the Neptune Parade.”

Neptune also announced the parade will include 15 High School and Junior College marching bands from across the Southeast, including 1,600 students from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

For the second year, Neptunalia, the parade’s after party, will take place at the Hard Rock Live inside the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the party is open to anyone 21 and older.

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.neptunalia.eventbrite.com.

The Neptune Coronation Ball will be Feb. 3, at the Biloxi Civic Center and is already sold out.

This year’s theme “Neptune University takes a look at college life through the eyes of Neptune and celebrates some of the greatest college traditions,” the press release states. “Holding to Neptune’s tradition, King Neptune and Queen Venus XXXIII will not be announced until the week of the Ball.”

Mustache the Band and No Limits will perform at the Neptune Ball this year.

For more information about Neptune, call Gerald Everett at 228-348-1122 or geverett@kreweofneptune.org or Kenny Beverin at 228-669-4917 or kbeverin@kreweofneptune.org.

Neptune’s website is www.kreweofneptune.org and we can be followed on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/kreweofneptune.

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