Here are winners of the 19th annual Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float Contest, where elementary school students in Biloxi design replicas of carnival floats.
First-place winners: Courtney Brand, Beauvoir;
Nikolai Konstantinov, Center for New Opportunity;
Lilliana McArthur, Gorneflo;
Reilley Suter-Thallemer, Jeff Davis;
Margarita Olvera, Lopez;
Jolie Kavanagh, Nativity;
Jenny Nguyen, Nichols;
Austin Belcher , North Bay;
Kaylee Lawrence, Our Lady of Fatima; and
Krystal Kearns , Popp’s Ferry;
Second-place winners: Jagger Bosch, Beauvoir;
Destiny Lewis, Center for New Opportunity;
Norasol Gabriel, Jeff Davis;
Olen Lanier, Lopez;
Thomas Pegoda, Nativity;
Cathy Tran, Nichols;
Mirella Rodriguez, North Bay;
Jenna Robinson, Our Lady of Fatima; and
Tara Ramsdell, Popp’s Ferry.
Third-place winners: Kayla Smith, Beauvoir;
Michael Lee, Jeff Davis;
Destinee Broadus, Lopez;
Blair Doyle, Nativity;
Olivia Zorich, North Bay; and
Dakota Rolkosky, Our Lady Of Fatima.
The winners, who received cash prizes and Certificates of Achievement, were recognized during a City Council meeting on Tuesday. The contest, designed to promote interest in Mardi Gras traditions, is sponsored by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the city.
See the photos
To see photos from the council meeting and to see the winning entries, click here.