Parade prep: Mayfield named Mardi Gras King; Bullard, Marascalco named queens

Published 10:19 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Vicksburg Main Street Program has announced this year’s Mardi Gras King and Queens as it prepares for the 23rd Annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Vicksburg.

City of Vicksburg North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield has been named Mardi Gras King, while this year’s Mardi Gras Queens will be Nancy Bullard and Bobbie Marascalco.

“Michael Mayfield, the esteemed representative of Vicksburg’s North Ward, is not only a dedicated public servant but also a symbol of community strength and commitment,” Main Street officials said in a statement announcing this year’s king and queens. “As the reigning Mardi Gras Parade King for the Annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Vicksburg, Alderman Mayfield embodies the spirit of celebration and unity.”

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Mayfield was elected as North Ward Alderman in July 2005 after serving on the Board of Supervisors for 10 years in District 2.

“A family man with over 40 years of marriage to the former Bertha McCalpin, Alderman Mayfield is not only the father of three children but also a loving grandfather to three grandchildren,” Main Street Executive Director Kim Hopkins said. “His
dedication extends beyond the political arena as a deacon at the Mt. Zion No. 4 Baptist Church and active involvement in organizations like the Warren County Children’s Shelter, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, and the Steering Committee for Warren Yazoo Mental Health.”

Hopkins said Mayfield’s leadership and community involvement make him a true king, reigning not only over Mardi Gras festivities but also in the hearts of the citizens he represents.

Hopkins said Bullard and Marascalco were chosen for their active roles in the community and the ways they have contributed
to the Vicksburg area for many years.

“Nancy Bullard, a true luminary of Vicksburg, deserves a regal tribute as the Mardi Gras Queen for her significant contributions to the community. As a former small business owner in downtown Vicksburg, Nancy Bullard has left an indelible mark on the local landscape.”

Bullard worked more than 30 years as the proprietor of Sassafras, a cherished downtown establishment known for its eclectic array of home décor, gift items, and an extensive collection of bridal registry gifts.

“Nancy’s enduring commitment to her business has not only enriched the shopping experience in Vicksburg but has also been a cornerstone of the community’s character,” Hopkins said. “Her entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with a genuine passion for serving the community, has made her a beloved figure among locals. As the Mardi Gras Queen, Nancy Bullard reigns not only in the realm of business but also as a symbol of resilience, creativity, and community spirit. Her royal presence adds an extra layer of splendor to the Mardi Gras festivities, celebrating not just the season but also the enduring legacy of a woman who has woven herself into the fabric of downtown Vicksburg’s vibrant tapestry.”

Bobbie Marascalco will also serve as esteemed queen of the Vicksburg Mardi Gras Parade. She is a beacon of dedication and entrepreneurship in the heart of downtown Vicksburg, Hopkins said.

“As a native of this vibrant community, Bobbie opened Peterson’s, a beloved downtown establishment that has become synonymous with variety and charm, over two decades ago. This mainstay business has, under her leadership, offered a
diverse range of products, embodying the spirit of ‘a little bit of everything’ that has made Peterson’s a cherished destination for locals and visitors alike. Bobbie Marascalco’s commitment to her business has not only added to the cultural rich ness of Vicksburg but has also played a vital role in shaping the character of downtown. Having dedicated two decades to the world of retail, Bobbie has made the heartfelt decision to retire, marking the end of an era. As the queen of the Mardi Gras Parade, Bobbie Marascalco reigns not just as a business owner but as a symbol of resilience, community spirit, and the indomitable Vicksburg legacy. Her royal presence in the parade is a fitting tribute to the woman who, for over 20 years, has been a corner stone of downtown Vicksburg’s charm and allure.”

Hopkins said she invites the public to come and celebrate with this year’s king and queens as Vicksburg continues its Carnival Season with the annual parade.

“Join the thousands of people that come from all over to catch beads, dance and cheer as our elaborate floats and excited participants venture down the parade route. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. so be sure to get there in enough time to get a good spot.”

For more information or if you’d like for your Krewe to participate in the upcoming parade, please email kimh@vicksburg.org or call the Main Street Office at 601-634-4527.