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Carnival Association of Long Beach Parade rolls for the 44th time

Long Beach Carnival Association Queen Susan Salvage and King Ben DiLorenzo have the royal toast Saturday night. (Photo source: WLOX) Long Beach Carnival Association Queen Susan Salvage and King Ben DiLorenzo have the royal toast Saturday night. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Louis Elias' property on Jeff Davis Avenue has been in the family since 1938. The Carnival Association of Long Beach Parade is a good excuse to pull up his party home and open the doors.

“I pull my motor home for all the events,” Elias said. “I invite the family and friends, and some come in here who are not friends, but we kick them out real quickly. We just have a great time and open our doors for everybody to come and relive the history of Long Beach.”

Allen Holder is also a long time Long Beach resident. He has been to every one of the 44 Mardi Gras parades here.

“It's a family atmosphere,” Holder said. “It sets it apart from the other parades on the Coast. Everybody can show up. We've been here all afternoon. I was born right here on Jeff Davis Avenue. It just makes it a great atmosphere.”

The atmosphere was electric. The parade rolled for the 44th time Saturday night for thousands of party goers throughout the downtown area.

It was also the 55th anniversary of the association, so there was plenty to celebrate.

This year's royalty, King Scott Ben DiLorenzo and Queen Rosalie Sandy Salvage, reigned over the festivities.

This parade featured 55 units, nine more than last year, the Long Beach marching band and plenty of throws.

MSU Homecoming Queen Katie McCummins and MSU football star Richard Brown served as Grand Marshals for the parade.

Whether the parades are large or small, it doesn't matter to Holder.

“They're all good,” Holder said. “Some of them are shorter, some are longer, but it's all about seeing everybody and having fun.”

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