Eleven years ago, a neighbor and her husband, Emily and Dave Berg, came to the realization that their traditional trek to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras was no longer feasible. At that time, their oldest son had begun kindergarten. In the interest of maintaining familial harmony, Dave suggested starting their own parade for the kids. A paper mache float was built upon a radio flyer wagon and painted by family and friends. On February 8, 2005 the Berg family dressed up in costumes and paraded up and down their street throwing beads and singing with a handful of neighbors in tow. What began as a small intimate parade has morphed into an extravaganza with hundreds of neighbors in costume, marching bands and colorful floats winding through the streets of Oakhurst. The parade ends at The Imperial restaurant where the festivities continue until nightfall. Proceeds from the food and beverages sold are donated to the Decatur Education Foundation (DEF), which in turn are earmarked for music education grants in the Decatur City Schools. A huge thank you to Emily and Dave for their vision and continued efforts and to The Imperial and Revolution Doughnuts for their contributions to the DEF in support of the Mead Road Mardi Gras.