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GCCA royalty begin Fat Tuesday on the water

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It was a watery ride fit for a king Tuesday morning in Biloxi. Clay Blalack, who is reigning over this Mardi Gras as King D'Iberville, boarded the Times Change yacht Mardi Gras morning at Pt. Cadet Marina. He was escorted by his royal court.

On board, they enjoyed the views and reminisced about past parades. A lot of jokes were also told. They then took a short trip to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor to meet up with the queen of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association. Also on board was Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.

For Blalack, this is one of the highlights of his life.

"Well, it's the greatest thing today that's for sure," Blalack said. "It's a great opportunity to give back to the community. The community has been good to us. People love the parade, it's a 106-year-old tradition and just honored to have been asked to play this role and now fulfill it."

When not acting as king, Blalack owns a home nursing care business, and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. He's lived on the coast since the late 1980s.

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