Hubbard French Club's Mardi Gras event focuses on cultural significance

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Two people were wounded in the second incident within an hour in the Central Business District, also close to a parade.

Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington Tuesday night five people shot, two men fatally, before driving to a gas station in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. "Fat Tuesday is all about who we are, our culture, and everything comes from New Orleans and that area". Fat Tuesday marks the last day before the 40-day Lent period, in which many Christians fast, begins on Ash Wednesday.

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"Don't get me wrong, Mardi Gras is big glitz and glam in New Orleans, but here in Gulfport it's wonderful and so much fun", said Dazet.

St. Mary's principal, Joyce Price, says this is one of the events students circle on their calendars every year. Their celebrations during Mardi Gras have come out of a place of resistance and resilience.

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While Mardi Gras gets a lot of attention, Fat Tuesday is about so much more. The city has installed about 200 filter contraptions made of metal grates and orange sandbags along parade routes to catch the bead necklaces before they become a mass of plastic waste.

"The kids love it", she said.

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The Zulu community has been a viable force behind the traditions of Mardi Gras. In 1872, a "King of Carnival", Rex, was introduced to preside over the parades.

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