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The only snow in Gulfport on Fat Tuesday

By JOHN E. BIALAS

The winter storm brought ice, incredible ice to Gulfport on Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, or in 2021, Yardi Gras because of house floats and no parades during the covid pandemic, but the only snow I saw was in the window display at Barnes & Noble.

I took the picture as I was leaving the store at 5:20 p.m. The display caught my attention because I wondered if a seller had the wishful thought that it would be a snowy day. Or perhaps the display has been there a while and this was the first time I noticed it.

I went to Instagram to post the image of copies of “The Snow Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and I used such hashtags as #bookstagram, #bookstagrammer and #booksofinstagram in hopes of receiving a warm reception on a day when the high was only 37 and the low was a record-breaking 19, or as I like to call it, coldvid 19.