Mardi Gras has been celebrated with parades for over 100 years in Mississippi and most of them have been safe and family friendly.
While researching alternative Mardi Gras celebrations along the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras belt (from Florida to Texas) the parade in Pass Christian, Mississippi came up a few times.
Folks said that historically it was known for carousing and violence but that the police had cracked down on that and that it was a family friendly, safe parade.
This afternoon its history continued with violence, leaving two men dead and at least four others were injured. Carlos Bates, 29, of Gulfport, Mississippi and Isiah Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi were shot and killed shortly after the parade had ended.
At this point there has been no official word on cause of the gunfight but speculation from Pass Christian residents include drugs or an argument over a flag. There has also been no word on any arrests so the shooter or shooters are still presumed to be at large.