Vast swathes of unspoiled nature and picturesque ocean views make this a haven for wildlife lovers
by Kara Martinez Bachman I used to think only rich people lived in Mississippi. I got that crazy idea from my fourth grade friend, Tiffany. She was always primly dressed, her cotton gingham clothing covered in all manner of lovingly hand-shaped bows.
Boats, beads and beaches distinguish Mardi Gras along the coast of the Deep South from parades and revelry found in major cities. For a different experience this year, check out some of these parades: Louisiana Cypremort Point, Krewe of Sippers Parade, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Bayview to the landing Grand Isle Independent Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. along Hwy. 1 Mississippi Biloxi Children's Parade, Feb. 13, noon; Krewe of Neptune, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Diamondhead, Krewe of Diamondhead Parade, Feb. 13, noon Gulfport, Krewe of Gemini, Feb 13, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., Feb. 16 Pass Christian, St. Paul Carnival Association, Feb. 14, noon Bay St. Louis, Krewe of Diamonds, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Alabama Gulf Shores, Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 16, 10 a.m., Hwy. 59 from bottom of Intracoastal Canal Bridge to Main Beach; Lulu's Celebration & Parade, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-until Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 16, 1:30 at Wintzell's on Perdido Beach Blvd. to Hwy. 161 Florida Pensacola, Grand Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., downtown Pensacola; Krewe of Wrecks, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Pensacola Beach; Priscus Procession & Ball, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Seville Quarter Texas Galveston, Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade, Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Kempner Park to Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Z Krewe 16th Z Processional, Feb.