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Saturday parades rain down beads, throws in South MS

Krewe of Gemini (Photo source: WLOX) Krewe of Gemini (Photo source: WLOX)
Krewe of Neptune (Photo source: WLOX) Krewe of Neptune (Photo source: WLOX)

Kicking off the South Mississippi Mardi Gras parades Saturday was the Krewe of Diamondhead.

The Diamondhead parade has been rolling since 1976, when it all started with a few golf carts. Now, the parade that brings hundreds of families and friends from all over has nearly 30 floats.

The krewe has been around for almost four decades and continues to bring the community together.

This year's Grand Marshal of the Krewe of Diamondhead was State Sen. Philip Moran.

Next on the list of Saturday parades was the Jackson County Carnival Association parade that rolled through the streets of Pascagoula for the 39th time.

Of course, there to broadcast the parade on WLOX was Patrice Clark, Carrie Duncan and Chief Meteorologist Mike Reader in his final Mardi Gras parade show.

The third parade to roll Saturday was the 46th Krewe of Gemini Parade in Gulfport. Thousands lined the streets to grab all those great throws.

The parade route started on 19th Street and made its way through downtown Gulfport. Among the great floats were classic cars and even some energetic dancers.

This year's Queen Leda is Karen Sinopoli, and King Jupiter is Nick Cumberland. The Krewe of Gemini will also sponsor a night parade that rolls on Tuesday in downtown Gulfport at 5:30 p.m.

Last but not least, the Krewe of Neptune Parade rolled through the streets of downtown Biloxi for the city's first night parade since Hurricane Katrina.

As many as 50 units rolled in the parade. The Grand Marshal is former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn.

The parade started at Esters Boulevard then turned south on Main Street to Highway 90, where it turned west and looped up Lameuse Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where it looped onto Howard Avenue, went west to Caillavet Street, north up Caillavet to Bayview Avenue. That's where the parade ended.

Two of the Coast's most well know parades are set to roll Sunday afternoon.

The 85th St. Paul Carnival Association Parade will roll in Pass Christian starting at noon.

The North Bay Association Mardi Gras Parade will roll through the streets of D'Iberville starting at 1:30 p.m.

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