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Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Krewe Unique

Krewe Unique’s parade will roll for its fifth year at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in Ocean Springs.

If you’ve dreamed of receiving one of the krewe’s prize gifts, you have a better chance this year: The krewe’s leaders recently announced more will be available on the route.

“Mardi Gras is steeped in tradition. The crowds seem to love our throws and coconuts, so we will have extras this year, but parade-goers should start lining up early,” said Greg Gipson, Krewe Unique parade coordinator.

Krewe Unique has been in existence for more than 15 years, Gipson said, but did not parade until it got approval from the city.

The parade will line up along Front Beach Drive, move down Porter Avenue then up Washington Avenue, then take Government Street and end at the Ocean Springs Middle School, at 3600 Hanshaw Road.

Krewe Unique promises floats, music, throws, elaborate royalty and, of course, those coveted coconuts.

Irene Amos of Gulfport is this year’s queen, and Jason Armstead, a Moss Point native and longtime athlete, is this year’s king.

Krewe Unique is involved in several outreach programs in the community, including donations to schools, helping families in need and participating in the backpack program.