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Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m., Mystic Krewe of Pine Island

The Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras parade will roll at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the rural river community on John’s Bayou in Vancleave.

Expect to see horses, pickup trucks, bicycles, four-wheelers and just about anything else that will roll. Except for 18-wheelers. The road on the 3-mile route is just too narrow and winding.

Several thousand people come to watch each year. Adults and children come up with innovative floats, even the occasional lawn mower. This year’s theme is Heroes and Villains.

People in the community decided years ago to have a parade, so they decorated a tin can-dragging trailer with magnolia leaves and camellias. Growth was inevitable, and the Mystic Krewe of Pine Island formed to organize the annual parade.

The king and queen will be announced Jan. 28.