Desoto County News

Rain or shine, Mardi Gras Parade marches on

Photo: Revelers celebrate Mardi Gras as they parade down Pigeon Roost during the second annual parade in Olive Branch. (Bailee Harris/

By Bailee Harris

New Orleans isn’t the only city taking part in this year’s Mardi Gras fun. The Olive Twig Humanitarian Group, whose mission is to perform charitable services to the Olive Branch area, hosted their second annual parade this Saturday. 

Many local businesses, schools, and organizations took part in the festivities including, but not limited to, Olive Branch JROTC, Girl Scouts, Northcentral Electric, the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band, Olive Branch High School class of 1978, Mississippi Ale House, and more. 

Food trucks such as 901 Eats and Treats, Mississippi Old Town Taco Co, and EMTeas lined up at City Hall for guests to enjoy. Miss B-Loonie, Sarah Litney Art, The Well, and Maples Church set up pre-parade activities for the kids. Finally, Bryan Hayes Music set up at the Wesson House stage. 

Fat Tuesday will occur on Feb. 13, and there’s still businesses in DeSoto County offering king cake for locals to enjoy, including DeSoto Snow and Creamery, Mr. Donut in Horn Lake, and gluten free king cakes from The Baker’s Corner. 

Bailee Harris is reporter and contributor to DeSoto County News.