For the second year in a row, the Fostoria neighborhood of Vicksburg is hosting “Yardi Gras,” a neighborhood celebration that benefits local organizations.
This year’s event will take place Feb. 27 from 3-5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Friends of the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter.
According to organizer Launo Moore, the event was inspired by COVID-era Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.
“The whole reason for Yardi Gras is that New Orleans canceled Mardi Gras last year and started this celebration,” Moore said. “A few of us at Fostoria decided that if we could do it, we could do it. We decided to take it a step further and help the community.
Several houses along Drummond Street between Dewitt and Harrison streets will be decorated for the occasion and residents will hand out beads, Moonpies and doubloons to passers-by.
Those wishing to donate are encouraged to donate Purina “Chow” products, non-clumping kitty litter, chew toys and collars, or “anything else that would make a fur baby happy,” it said. Moore.