D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville police kicked off the annual North Bay Association Mardi Gras parade with a show. They were quickly followed by a marching band and this years Mardi Gras king and queen.
No time was wasted as beads began to fly in the air and reach the hands of revelers like the Ford family, from Baton Rouge.
Kim Ford grew up on the coast, and enjoys sharing this special past time, back in south Mississippi, with her children and mother.
"I wanted to expose my kids to Mardi Gras because I had it when I was growing up. It's fun to be back. It's good to have people participate in it. I know when I was growing up it was fun being apart of the parades and actually participating in the parade itself, so now I'm kind of on the spectator side so it's fun." Kim said.
The Fords have been coming to the D'Iberville parade for about 3 years now. Kim's children, Jackson and Elise, are becoming a parade professionals, and they say their favorite thing to do is flag down float riders for something other than beads.
"I like stuffed bears and the balloons." Jackson said.
"My favorite part is when they throw glow in the dark things." Elise says.
And as long as they're enjoying themselves, their grandmother and mom can sit back, relax and let the good time roll.
"It's just a good time where families can get out and it's an extra activity for them. You know, so they can get out with their children and just have a good time." says Nan Thompson.
This year's king LeMoyne was Ronnie Foster and Queen LaMaron was Denise Landry.