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

Impressed by two women’s krewes in New Orleans, the founders of the new Krewe of Salacia wanted a similar group for women on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Cheli Strumila and Gretchen David worked closely with the Krewe of Neptune to ensure their new group met the criteria for a parading group. Salacia will parade along with Neptune, which rolls at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Biloxi.

The krewe’s name is drawn from Roman mythology. Salacia was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea. According to the krewe’s Facebook page, Salacia was “worshipped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean.”

In keeping with the saltwater lore surrounding Salacia, the krewe’s members will present individually decorated bikini tops as special throws for a lucky few. Prior to Feb. 10, krewe members will take photos with their decorated throws, and their recipients can check the page after the parade to see who decorated a particular bikini top.

The krewe also will throw bracelets, cups, huggers and specialty beads. Walking groups, inspired by the Old Biloxi Marching Club, will carry poles with lighted sea creatures atop.