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New Krewe in Picayune celebrates 2nd parade

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2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade 2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade
2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade 2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade
2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade 2nd Annual Krewe of the Pearl Parade
PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) -

An almost brand new Mardi Gras Krewe had a reason to celebrate Monday night. The Krewe of the Pearl in Picayune had its second successful parade.

The Greater Picayune Arts Council was ready to bring the Big Easy to its downtown streets. Members created the Krewe of the Pearl in 2012 to do just that. Board member Beth Lenior said it was something that would be good for the city.

"A lot of us go into New Orleans and I don't see why we can't have that same kind of atmosphere and spirit here in Picayune," said Lenior.

The city was ready to see it happen. For years, the Krewe of Roses was in charge of putting the parade together, but the event wasn't very consistent. Now, the council hopes to keep the party rolling year after year.

"We're accepting as much feedback as we can to try to make it an annual event where we can all come together as a community and just experience the season," said Lenior.

A lot of the community members were out for the experience. Jay Victory is new to the area and said he loved the small town feel of the night.

"It's good to get everybody together and support the kids and the high school," said Victory.

The parade was even giving a little NOLA to people from out of town, and out of the country. Jessica Guerinoni and her family are originally from Peru. They have only been here for six months.

"It's nice. This is an experience for us," said Guerinoni.

It was an experience for everyone. There were 35 different floats and groups rolling in the parade tossing beads and other goodies. This year's King and Queen of the Krewe of Pearl were Steve and Ann McDonald. They said they expected this young parade to keep getting better each year.

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