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Downtown Brookhaven is ready to get jazzed up

Rain could cancel the second annual Brookhaven Jazzed Up Mardi Gras parade Saturday, but not the party.

Katie Nations with the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce said organizers will decide by 4 p.m. Saturday whether or not to cancel the second liner parade. She’ll post the decision on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

There is an 80 percent chance of showers in Brookhaven Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” she said.

If there’s no rain in the afternoon, the event will continue as planned with a decoration station between Lampton Auditorium and the Lincoln County Public Library for children’s bikes and scooters. Inflatables will also be set up for children’s enjoyment if it’s not raining.

The library will continue its plans — rain or shine — to offer free Mardi Gras mask decorations for children. The library is extending its hours to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nations said.

If the parade is canceled, a party will be held at Lampton Auditorium featuring the acts that were set to perform at the street party after the parade. The Epic Funk Brass Band and the Bridge Band will both perform.

Nations said private tours will be offered rain or shine from 4-6 p.m. Armbands are $10 and include hors’ devours, beverages and commemorative Mardi Gras throws at Hurst Review Services, First Bank, Brookhaven Little Theatre, Boerner Law Firm and Storm Loft Apartments.

The purchase of the armband also gets the wearer a $5 discount on the entry fee for the Jimmy Moreton Mardi Gras 5K Saturday morning, a $10 discount for BLT tickets to any showing of “The Odd Couple,” free cookie and drip coffee from Georgia Blue Bakery, happy-hour drink specials at Georgia Blue, king cake samples at Janie’s Bakery, free house wine or garlic knots with entree purchase at 1905, half off appetizer with entree purchase at The Junction and $1 beers at Pappas Pizza Pi.

If the parade isn’t canceled, it will begin in front of Lampton Auditorium on South Jackson Street at 7 p.m. and head down West Cherokee Street, then left onto South Whitworth Avenue, then right on West Monticello Street, then right on South Railroad Avenue. The parade will end at Brookhaven Music and Sound with the concert .

Revelers don’t have to start at the Mississippi School of the Arts campus. They can join in at any time, Nations said. Members of the Brookhaven Tourism Council will be tossing a few traditional Mardi Gras throws during the parade.

For more information about the armbands, call 601-833-1411.