The streets of downtown Cocoa Village were packed, on Saturday night, as Brevard County residents enjoyed a night was filled with floats, food and fun. Cocoa Village hosted their annual Mardi Gras parade, with musical guest Pepper.
The parade included over 30 floats, covered head to toe with vibrant decorations. The floats handed out thousands of beads to excited guests.
Brevard County residents came to this event dressed in their best Mardi Gras attire, which included ball gowns, tuxedos, costumes, masks, wigs and makeup.
Cheryl Coppage, from Cocoa, looks forward to the Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village every year. Coppage and her husband Mike Coppage were the former King and Queen from the 2013 Mardi Gras.
Mike and Cheryl Coppage were selected by the community to be King and Queen because of their outstanding commitments to the community of Brevard County, according to Cheryl Coppage.
Cheryl Coppage was dressed in a black and silver ball gown, to remind guests that she was the former queen. She said she planned on celebrating the night with her group of friends, watching the parade and having a few drinks.
“The dress up, the colors, the time of year and the friends is what makes this event so fun,” Coppage said.
Rita and Ron Brand, from Minnesota, said they are visiting Florida for a few months to escape the cold from up North and this was this first time attending Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village.
The Brands said they were thrilled to be at Mardi Gras, away from the cold weather in their hometown. They were celebrating with a drink in their hand and a smile on their face.
“It’s a perfect night, isn’t it?” Rita Brand said, as she sipped her Bob Marley Grass drink, listening to the reggae music and waiting for the parade to begin.
Not only was there a parade but there was also live entertainment, by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and Pepper.
After the parade ended, hundreds of people attended the Pepper concert. They rocked guests with an hour a half worth of live music and even brought guests from the audience up onto the stage.
Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer