By Jessica Bowman – email
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Krewe of Gemini rolls through the streets of Gulfport Saturday afternoon. Friday, members of the royal court brought Carnival fun to people at the Lakeview Nursing Home.
Lakeview's King, Larry Gilbert, led the way as the party rolled through the halls. There were plenty of beads, but instead of colorful floats, colorful wheel chairs were the sights to see.
Queen Leda XLI Amanda Broome said, "We were parading with beads, we were bogging down with some dogs and some music."
King Jupiter XLI J.R. Moses said, "The smiles on the faces, it just, it does it for me."
Most of the Lakeview residents are from the Gulf Coast, so they know February means a little Mardi Gras Mambo.
For the last ten years, the royal court from the Krewe Gemini has brought the Mardi Gras party here.
King Jupiter XLI, J.R. Moses, and Queen Leda XLI, Amanda Broome, happily carried on the tradition.
"The community involvement in Mardi Gras is what makes the spirit and the culture that we call the Gulf Coast," said Amanda Broome.
And what would any Mardi Gras bash be without music and dancing and of course a taste of king cake.
Lakeview Resident Virginia Bouque said, "I love Mardi Gras!"
This is Virginia Bourque's second Lakeview Mardi Gras, and she made a haul that would make any parade veteran proud.
"I left some in my room I couldn't carry them all," said Virginia Bouque.
"It's been so much fun, we got to visit with the residents one-on-one," Amanda Broome said. "That's something that touches our hearts, and we try to give them a little bit of sunshine in their day too."
This is Krewe of Gemini's 10th year to celebrate Mardi Gras at the nursing home.