The good times roll at Mardi Gras in Meridian

Bill Graham / The Meridian Star 

Hannah Charlton, 3, holds out her hands as the Mardi Gras parade passes through Meridian on Saturday. 

If there’s one dog who loves Mardi Gras in Meridian, it’s Gizmo.

The tiny pooch, decked out in green, purple and gold, made his seventh annual trip to the festival on Saturday.

“He still hasn’t won, as cute as he is,” said his owner, Ruby Graham, referring to the festival’s yearly canine contest. “But he loves the attention. It’s fun, and he gets excited being around other dogs.”

Gizmo was joined by dozens of other dogs, a few miniature horses and hundreds of children and their families for the event. The celebration was held on the lawn of city hall and highlighted by a parade through downtown.

In addition to King Cake and other tasty delicacies, the day also featured live music and the area’s largest Mardi Gras store.

The good times roll at Mardi Gras in Meridian

Bill Graham / The Meridian Star

Members of The Krewe of Blues throw beads during the Meridian Mardi Gras parade. 

Among the parade-goers, 3-year-old Hannah Charlton stood patiently on the route, holding out her hands with the simple message of “Throw me something, mister,” a common refrain heard at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Down the street, Bronson Marquez, 5, and Camden Zane Chapman, 3, also waited  for the parade to arrive. The two got an early start to the day: they were spotted Saturday morning eating green eggs and ham in the courtyard of The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience on Front Street. The breakfast was part of Dr. Seuss’s Silly Birthday Celebration, which was presented by The Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian and featured crafts, games, storytelling and other fun activities.

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