Pass Christian celebrates Mardi Gras

By Jessica Bowman – email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The last weekend of the 2010 Carnival season brought thousands to the streets of Pass Christian. More than 60 floats thrilled the crowd and showered them with beads and trinkets. With Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Saints Super Bowl win coming all at once, this year's parade gave people plenty to celebrate.

"Happy Mardi Gras," said one Long Beach resident.

Loud music, flashy beads and hundreds of screaming people trying to catch it all.

Louisiana resident said, "Women and the beads."

I love these things, can't get them anywhere else in the United States, that's all I got to say," said George Clark.

So what does it take to get pink, purple and green beads around your neck?

Long Beach resident said, "No flashing, just yelling loud."

The Pass Parade attracts people from all over South Mississippi, even all over the country.

Doris Holmes said, "I'm from Pennsylvania, hello Philadelphia!"

Doris Holmes drove 20 hours to get a taste of Mardi Gras madness and she says she's loving it.

"The people, the noise, the excitement, the whole works," said Doris Holmes.

Doris Holmes said, "I'm moving, I'm here, bye Pennsylvania."

For others, this party means more than just catching dubloons and moon pies.

April Clark said, "It's just tradition, I've been coming here since I was 18 and I'm fixin to be 47."

Coast resident said, "Oh, being around all my friends I actually tear up about this."

You couldn't walk three feet without spotting someone from the Who Dat Nation.

Louisiana resident said, "Saints all the way, go baby, who dat!"

"It's unreal, I've never seen anything like it," said George Clark.

Some locals say this parade is just the beginning of Mardi Gras.

"It's a party," said one Coast resident.

This is the 80th year of the Pass Christian Carnival Association. King Christian was Frank Schmidt Junior and Queen Christian was Joann Kenney.

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