Revelers brave cold, drizzly weather to attend Krewe of Alpheus parade

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 17, 2004

NATCHEZ &045;&045; Bailey Welch and Morgan Mulvlhill didn’t care that they had to fish most of their beads out of puddles at Friday night’s Krewe of Alpheus parade.

And neither did many of the adults, for that matter.

&uot;You can’t rain on our parade,&uot; said Woody Woodson, who came down from Jackson to ride on a float with grand marshal Greg Harkins.

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&uot;The post office doesn’t have anything on us; we’ll go rain, sleet, snow or whatever.&uot;

Anna Elliot said she comes to the parade every year, rain or shine.

&uot;We had to support the Krewe of Alpheus; they worked really hard on these floats,&uot; she said.

TV Land-themed floats included the Moose Crew’s salute to &uot;The Beverly Hillbillies,&uot; Krewe of John’s &uot;American Bandstand&uot; and floats showcasing &uot;I Dream of Jeannie,&uot; &uot;Gilligan’s Island&uot; and others.

Festivities for the night got started well before the parade’s 6:30 start, including face painting on Broadway.

&uot;We had a steady line of people,&uot; said Rebecca Hancock who was painting faces. &uot;They wrapped around the side of the camper.&uot;

The rain changed plans for some of the parade’s participants however.

&uot;We were supposed to be on a float,&uot; said Betty Porter. &uot;We are with the Krewe of Friday, but because of the rain we decided it wasn’t a good idea.&uot;

Porter said she was surprised so many people turned out to watch the parade considering the weather, but 15-year-old Asheton Emfinger said it wasn’t about the rain.

&uot;It’s just about having fun,&uot; she said. &uot;Being wet doesn’t matter.&uot;

Grand marshal Harkins said he was honored to be a part of the parade.

&uot;When they called and asked me I thought it was a joke and didn’t call back,&uot; Harkins said.

Harkins, of Canton, has made rocking chairs for five different presidents and taken several trips to the White House. He has been making chairs for 30 years.