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The veil of secrecy is lifted, meet the King and Queen who will reign over Fat Tuesday in Biloxi

King D'Iberville is James W. "Jim" Hardaman  and Queen Ixolib is Kimberley Nicole  Rushton. (Photo source: WLOX) King D'Iberville is James W. "Jim" Hardaman and Queen Ixolib is Kimberley Nicole Rushton. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Saturday night Gulf Coast Carnival Association revealed who will reign over Mardi Gras 2016 in Biloxi Tuesday.

King D'Iberville is James W. "Jim" Hardaman, a financial advisor, and Queen Ixolib is Kimberley Nicole Rushton, a business woman. Both have strong ties to GCCA. Hardaman has been a past Duke, and Rushton a past Maid.

"My family has been involved for years, and I am honored to be a part of this family tradition, said Rushton, whose stepfather, Butch Oustalet, was King in 2011.

"I'm so thankful to have such an involved family that cares so much about the community because it's really taught me throughout my life to, you know, be conscious of everybody around me and I think Mardi Gras is such an exciting time for not only people involved in carnival, but for everybody," said Rushton.

This year's King said he is,"very proud to serve as King of Gulf Coast Carnival this year."

Hardaman added, "You look out into a virtual sea of people and you've got mothers and dads, grandfathers and grandmothers, brothers and sisters, kids of all ages and they're all looking up at you with a great big smile and that's when you realize how important it is because it's not just about us. It is about the community and that's what makes it special."  

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade rolls at 1 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Biloxi. If you can't get to the parade you can catch all the action live on  WLOX ABC or streaming right here on wlox.com starting at 1 p.m.

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