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Krewe of Nereids draws 20,000 to Hancock Co.

Gayle Roy shows off her beads at the Krewe of Nereids parade Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX) Gayle Roy shows off her beads at the Krewe of Nereids parade Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX)
An estimated 20,000 people enjoyed the 48th annual Krewe of Nereids parade on Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX) An estimated 20,000 people enjoyed the 48th annual Krewe of Nereids parade on Sunday. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Last year, the Krewe of Nereids parade got hit with heavy rain. This year, the weather was as good as you can get. The only rain was made of beads.

The 48th annual parade drew an estimated 20,000 people who lined the route on U.S. 90 from Bay St. Louis to Waveland.

Gayle Roy moved away from her Hancock home, but moved back in July. She's back again to enjoy Nereids.

"Nereids is the best. The best parade," she said. "It's a hometown feeling. People... they're happy. It's a good thing."

Queen Doris, whose real name is never revealed, has been involved with the krewe for 25 years and has turned her involvement into a family tradition.

"I just love the dancing," she said. "I love all the ladies in it. I have three granddaughters in it. My daughter's in it. One of my granddaughters is a page this year also."

Mustang Malley owns the float, Krewe of Under Review. This parade is special to him.

"This parade is all about the kids," he said. "This town's been through a lot since Katrina. We look forward to coming out here every year."

Artie Schick, who owns the float Krazy Krewe, has been involved with Nereids since 1996.

"Nereids is like Mardi Gras Day," he said. "It's just unbelievable. The crowds, the floats, the city. Everything. This city is just unbelievable."

The parade featured 98 units, plenty of music - some marching, some sitting - and carnations for those willing to share a kiss. That's a lot more than when the parade captain, who also remains anonymous, began with the all-woman krewe 32 years ago.

"I can remember when we used to parade around the little town of Waveland. So it has really grown."

For Avery Kearney of Bay St. Louis, there's nothing like a home-town parade.

"It's so much fun," she said. "All our friends are always here and we live here. This is part of our lifestyle."

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