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Carnival fun headed back to Long Beach streets for 2022

After having to cancel their annual Mardi Gras parade last year, the Carnival Association of Long Beach (CALB) is getting ready to bring back the season’s revelry to the streets of Long Beach on Saturday, February 19, at 6 p.m.

The last Mardi Gras parade in Long Beach was held by CALB in February 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the world and causing widespread shutdowns and closures.

In place of the parade last year, the organization encouraged residents to decorate their homes and businesses, then post their photos to CALB’s Facebook page for a friendly competition. The photo with the most “likes” was awarded a drawdown ticket for a chance to win up to $5,000 during the 2022 Carnival season. The drawdown is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, at 6 p.m. at the Long Beach Senior Center.

This year’s parade will be preceded on Friday night, February 18, by CALB’s annual coronation ball, which will be held at St. Vincent de Paul School. CALB members get the first option to purchase tickets to the ball, but any remaining tickets may be purchased by the general public.

The 2022 Parade Grand Marshal will be Long Beach’s own Moises Espinal, who served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. While in Afghanistan, he worked closely with Afghan interpreters; and, after the recent unrest in that region, he has been instrumental in helping and organizing efforts to help the interpreters and their families to safety. For his efforts, CALB leaders say they are pleased to honor him with the title of Grand Marshal.

King Scott the 62nd, who will be crowned on February 18, is the Honorable Melvin Ray, Harrison County Justice Court Judge, and Queen Rosalie 2022, also set to be crowned at the ball, is Lynn Madigan Mulherin.

The parade route has been extended to the end of Jeff Davis Avenue to Hwy 90 and then north on Cleveland Avenue to both accommodate larger floats, as well as add more floats to the popular family-oriented parade.

Those who wish to participate in the parade can visit the CALB website for a parade application. The regular entry fee for the parade is $125.

CALB is celebrating its 62nd year with the theme “Under the Sea.”

The association was formed in 1960 by a group of mothers at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach to help raise money for St. Thomas Catholic School. Today, the association still contributes to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and other charities along the coast.

For more information, contact CALB President Jason D. Green at 228-323-7559 or Parade Chairman Eddie Seal, Parade Chairman at 228-326-7207. Information about CALB is also available on their website at www.LongBeachCarnival.com

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