Mardi Gras festivities in Meridian get underway Saturday in and around Dumont Plaza. Thousands turned out in 2012 even though the weather was very chilly.
The event is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John McClure, executive director of Meridian Main Street, says Mardi Gras traditions will be part of the local festivities.
"We've got gumbo cooking competition," he said. "We've got king cakes for sale. We've got the largest Mardi Gras store in east Mississippi and west Alabama."
McClure says there will be two different parades, and the new king and queen will be unveiled.
"We are going to have a huge crowd this year, so you want to come down early so you can get a good seat," said Main Street's Clay Hamilton. "So you can get a good place to see the parades the pet parade and also hear all the great music."
Main Street's Debby Delshad says the king cakes are a hit and orders are already being taken.
"We've got four flavors this year ,traditional, Mississippi mud, pecan praline, and strawberry cream cheese," said Delshad. "We had a ton of online orders."
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