The Krewe de Tigris will host its second Mardi Gras parade in downtown Auburn on Saturday.
The parade will feature 30 floats, the Auburn High School, Loachapoka High School and Beauregard High School marching bands, the Mardi Gras king and queen and more.
The parade is sponsored by Tiger Dining and local businesses represented in the parade will include Auburn Furniture, Dimensions Studio, Quixotes, SkyBar, Adams Beverages, Stinky’s Fish Camp and more. The Krewe de Tigris is sponsoring Lee County Humane Society and Exceptional Foundation floats and several floats will feature bands and DJs.
Krewe de Tigris president Barry Dorman said the parade started and finished within 30 minutes last year, so they plan to slow it down this year. He added that the first year of the event went well.
“I think everybody had a great time and we had a lot bigger crowd than expected,” he said.
A new addition to the parade this year will be a “Krewe Crawl” hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association in which wristbands can be purchased for $10 that will offer the buyer discounts at downtown bars, restaurants and boutiques from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
“We’re trying to add that element of engaging more with the merchants for the Mardi Gras parade and getting people into downtown, not just for the parade, but to spend all day,” said Downtown Coordinator Jessica Kohn.
The parade route this year will start on Thach, turn right on College, right on Tichenor, right on Gay Street and right again on Tichenor. The parade starts at 5 p.m.
“I just hope everybody has a good time,” Dorman said. “All age groups can enjoy the parade. There’s no such thing as having a bad time at a Mardi Gras parade.”