Mardi Gras Parades Maps

Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge

The Ocean Springs Elks Lodge is among the first Mississippi Coast Carnival parades each season.

This year’s parade rolls 1 p.m. Jan. 27 with the theme “Life is a Game Show.”

This is the 43rd year for the krewe that can lure as many as 100 parade units and 15,000 to 20,000 spectators. The route is long, and there is plenty of spectator space. It rolls rain or shine.

A little over four decades ago, the Elks, with the spurring on of Mardi Gras Chairman Emeritus Don Davis, decided Ocean Springs should join the Carnival parade craze. The lodge took on the organizational workload and never stopped.