Photo by Dearest Photography
The Krewe of Elks celebrated their 53rd carnival season at their royal coronation and carnival ball Saturday, Feb. 23. Committee chairs were Martha Johnson, Patsy Hawkins; Social, Sheila Calhoun; and Court, Janie Williamson. The new King and Queen were greeted in a “Casablanca” themed ballroom.
Photos courtesy of Steve Coleman
Queen Belle 2019
Although originally from Bassﬁeld, Rhonda Irizarry is no stranger to Mardi Gras, nor is she a stranger to the fun-loving group known as the Krewe of Saint Fabian, whose main goal is raising money for the St. Fabian Church Building Fund. Her active participation in so many ministries, her constant display of love and loyalty, and her contagious, jovial attitude, made Rhonda the unanimous choice for Queen Belle 2019.
Photo by Keith Kujath
Cary Hudson’s roots run deep in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi. Raised in Sumrall with time spent in Jackson and Oxford, he toured extensively before making his way back. It’s here where he’s most at home – both with his life and with his music.
NIGHT TO SHINE
5-8pm @ TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Join Temple Baptist for a prom-night experience for people with special needs. Celebrating the uniqueness of each individual prom guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved, a Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
8PM @ SAENGER THEATER
When Hannah Southerland went on stage to receive her Mississippi Occupational Diploma from Lawrence County High School in 2013, her entire class gave her a standing ovation. Surely, this kind of moment would have been exciting and memorable for any family. But for Hannah’s family, it also signified how far she had come and how many odds she had defied. When Hannah was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy at a very young age, her family was left feeling uncertain about what the future would hold – a feeling to which any parent of a child with special needs can relate.
In its seventh year, the parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and will include a number of floats, walking groups and plenty of beads and other trinkets. Area residents are ready for a parade after last year’s event was cancelled due to the forecast for inclement weather.
“A highlight of this year’s parade will be in the addition of the Honey Island Clydesdale horses,” said Melissa Saucier, parade director.
This year’s parade will lead off with the University of Southern Mississippi cheerleaders riding a Hattiesburg fire truck.
For more than a year, Modern Fit has explored the varied plethora of ways to make healthy habits in the Pine Belt. For our Love issue, I wanted to examine another healthful practice that has popped up in many an Instagram hashtag these days: Self-care.
With both physical and emotional benefits to be found, I enlisted the help of The Lotus Downtown Day Spa and Salon in downtown (duh) Hattiesburg for some hands-on research in the art of unwinding.