Mardi Gras festivities roll to an end

Published 12:09 am Thursday, February 16, 2012

NATCHEZ — Carnival scrooges have one last shot to ring in Mardi Gras this weekend.

The Krewe of Phoenix’s parade will roll at 5 p.m. Friday, and parade Director Curtis Moroney said he expects approximately 35 floats to cruise in the parade.

“We’re going to have lots of floats, a few bands, lots of beads and hopefully nice weather,” he said.

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Moroney said anyone with a Mardi Gras float can participate in the parade at no cost. He said the Krewe of Phoenix has been enjoying the Mardi Gras season so far and is looking forward to the parade.

“It’s going to be a good one, as always,” he said. “I hope everyone will come out and enjoy it. It’s just one big party.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the Krewe of Phoenix parade and can provide a float should call Moroney at 601-445-2475.

The Krewe of Phoenix grand ball will be Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Natchez Convention Center. Tickets are $50.

Also this weekend, local economic development entities Natchez Inc. and Natchez Now will be the topic of discussion at this month’s Friday forum from 8 to 9 a.m. at Natchez Coffee Company.

Friday Forum is hosted by the Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce, Alcorn State University and Natchez Coffee Company.

On Saturday, Historic Jefferson College, Natchez host “EXPLORE! History-Herbal Oils and Vinegars” from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 13 and up.

Participants will make herb-flavored vinegars and oils. The cost is $15, and those interested should register by e-mailing