Mardi Gras Festival in Meridian, MS

April 29, 2011 at 3:56 am EST

New Orleans may have a lock on Mardi Gras debauchery, but in Meridian, Mardi Gras means fun for the whole family.

The city sponsors the annual Meridian Main Street Mardi Gras Downtown Parade as well as a "Little Mardi Gras" for young revelers.

Festivities include a gumbo cook-off, crawfish boil, block party and a Battle of the Bands competition as well as a popular pet parade.

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It's staggering the quality entertainment the [MSU Riley Center] has brought to Meridian. We are fortunate to experience this here without having to travel to larger markets. Instead, we benefit from tourists coming to us.

Wink Glover, longtime Meridianite