Meridian Mardi Gras held its very first Queen City Jam Session as part of the city celebration. The sights, sounds, and aromas of Mardi Gras filled the air in downtown Meridian as hundreds of people turned out for the first Annual Queen City Jam Session. With nine teams competing in the Gumbo cook-off, and five bands volunteering their time for hours of listening fun, Jon Pollard one of this years coordinators for the Meridian Mardi Gras celebration says it is proving to be a great one.
"The word on the street is out there, they seem to be excited. They were worried about the weather. The weather is fine it's great it's February. It's perfect for Mardi Gras, its Mardi Gras weather," says Pollard.
With nine different cooking teams competing this year in the gumbo cook-off for the grand prize of a two night stay in New Orleans, competitors say the competition is fierce.
"We have some very fine competition this year. We have some people who teach Cajun cooking classes for example and people who are rebound for their culinary skills," says Willis.
"This year Meridian's Mardi Gras celebrations are a bit different than in years past, however event coordinators say they plan on building on the fun each year to come.
"In the past we have had a pets parade, a kids parade classic car parade and truck parade, and a Mardi Gras float parade. We feel like it can all be done as one larger more of an experience than an individual parade," says Kenny Watts.