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Krewe of the Pearl continues to grow in Picayune

Arthur Jackson, 10, shows off his favorite catch at the Krewe of the Pearl parade in Picayune. (Photo source: WLOX) Arthur Jackson, 10, shows off his favorite catch at the Krewe of the Pearl parade in Picayune. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Krewe of the Pearl parade is sponsored by the Greater Picayune Arts Council and the chamber of commerce. (Photo source: WLOX) The Krewe of the Pearl parade is sponsored by the Greater Picayune Arts Council and the chamber of commerce. (Photo source: WLOX)
PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) -

Goodyear Boulevard was the right place to start this year's Krewe of the Pearl Parade in Picayune on Saturday.

It has been a very good year for the parade's growth. Several thousand people lined the streets to see the parade throughout the historic downtown area.

Mayor Ed Pinero and his wife, Christie, are the royal king and queen.

“Each year, we start with the ball,” Pinero said. “The ball has continuously grown. Last year, we had a record crowd, and this year, we almost doubled last year because of the enthusiasm for the parade. Now, we went from 10 floats to 20 something floats.”

The krewe now has 100 members, and it's still growing.

The parade started back in 2012 after a long hiatus when the Greater Picayune Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce joined forces.

“It's a really awesome way for our business community to interact with our non-business members,” said Picayune resident Jessica Clabaugh. “The chamber of commerce gets involved. The Krewe of the Pearl is a really big thing, and it's a way to get involved with each other. It's very family oriented. It's safe. I can bring my little kid, and I don't have to worry about it.”

Donna Aguilard, krewe member and president of the arts council, says public pressure helped push things along.

“After they talked with us and we talked with them, we said, ‘OK, let's do it together.' It takes a lot of hands on deck to do something like this,” said Aguilard.

Arthur Jackson, 10, put the parade to the test. It passed with flying beads.

“They threw a lot of stuff,” Arthur said. “I'm proud of it.”

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