JAY SOWERS / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Wyatt Craig, right, holds a strand of lights on Thursday evening as Shelton Hand staples them the side of one of the floats to be used by the Krewe of Phoenix during Friday evening’s Krewe of Phoenix Mardi Gras parade in Natchez. Craig has been given with the title of ‘Duke of Monmouth,’ while Hand was named this year’s ‘Duke of Versailles.’
Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat — Kayce Smith, bottom and center, hands a string of lights to fellow Krewe of Phoenix member Hand as they, and several other Phoenix members, worked to decorate one of their floats.
Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat — George, a 13-week-old French mastiff owned by Smith, looks on as Hand staples a string of lights to the side of one of the floats. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and roll through downtown Natchez.