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Thousands party with family and friends at 27th Annual North Bay Association Parade

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

It's the final weekend of Carnival Season, and parade goers across the coast say they couldn't have asked for better weather for their Mardi Gras festivities.

Like all parades, the police kicked off the show, and no time was wasted for beads to begin flying off of decorated floats and into the hands of revelers that lined the streets.

"It's a good time. The parade is very family friendly. We have kids and they always have a good time and get lots of awesome throws," Jen Foster of Biloxi said.

The beads and music are parade favorites, but it's not the only familiar thing at the 27th Annual North Bay Parade. An old-school red bus should look familiar to many as well.

"We go to all the different parades: Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. And what we try to do is we try to make people feel at home," bus owner Tom Traynor said.

Traynor said family is important and he considers no one a stranger, at least not for long. Being united with others at family-oriented events that put smiles on faces is what matters most to him.

"I look around here and I see the families and they've got their children, it's not just adults, and they're happy, and that's what matters," Traynor said.

"Just being out here is a casual atmosphere. Nobody gives anybody a hard time. We don't fight, we don't feud, and it's just fun," James Carney said.

Many thought this parade would never take the same route after Hurricane Katrina, but they're happy the good times can continue to roll in D'Iberville for them to enjoy with their family and friends.

King John Wyatt and Queen Trena Wyatt reigned over this parade, and this year's North Bay Grand Marshal was Troy Ross.

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