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02/06/05

Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade Celebrates 75 Years

On this diamond anniversary editon of the St. Paul's Carnival Association's Mardi Gras Celebration in The Pass, King Christian the 75th proclaims it.

"It's One of the best parade's outside of New Orleans," says this years king Steven Rogers.

King Christian and Queen Christiana, Heather Marvil Rhodes reign over some 70 thousand subjects in this, a historic 75th year for the Pass Parade.

"Every year we come down here for the Mardi Gras and we stay about 4 weeks," says John Buckanaga of Ponsford Minnesota.

The out of towners may make it one of the biggest, often roudiest, and most popular parades anywhere but 76 year old Billy Bourdin mostly enjoys the home grown, talent just like the old days.

"It's good to watch the home people dress up and make damn fools out of themselves," says Bourdin.

Jack Swanier has been coming to the parade since he could walk.

Now he brings his grand childen along to enjoy the fun.

The Pass Christian resident says over the years he's adopted his own philosophy about the Pass celebration's long and colorful character.

"People get along with one another is some ways, as long as they ain't fighting," says Swanier. 

The cry throw me something mister was answered with a shower of throws which included commemarative anniversary doubloons to mark the occassion.

An occassion that's proven unforgettable for 75 years.

By Don Culpepper

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