Published: Feb. 10, 2023 at 11:37 PM CST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Downtown Hattiesburg was buzzing as hundreds filled the streets to see the Krewe of St. Catherine’s inaugural walking parade.

Organizations from across the Pine Belt gathered to walk the streets of the Hub City and bring their own flavors to the Mardi Gras celebration.

“In the walking parade, we want to focus on arts and culture, so in a lot of the groups, you’re going to see costumes,” said co-organizer Ginger Lowrey. “You’re going to see handmade throws. And that’s really what we want to focus on is Hattiesburg culture.”

Lowery said that many groups jumped at the chance to be a part of the event.

The parade route began on Main Street and ended on Front Street where the crew invited everyone to join them for a block party.

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