BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Maurice Singleton grew up spending Mardis Gras watching parades roll through the streets of Bay St. Louis.
On Tuesday he was Grand Marshal; a chance for him to reflect on family traditions.
"This has always been a good, family friendly parade," said Singleton. "Families have floats in the parade and it's traditional families. They've had their floats, or whatever they do, for many, many years."
The Krewe of Diamonds is the Coast's only predominately African American Krewe to parade on Fat Tuesday. Members of the Krewe of Party People have participated in the parade for a number of years. For them, it's about bringing everyone together.
"Mardis Gras is not about just one race," said Teresa Bullard, parade participant. "It's about everything, because everybody coming together. You can't just focus on one race, you focus on everybody because everybody just do it."
While the shooting following the Pass Christian Parade is still on the minds of many, it didn't stop people from showing up in big numbers to the parade in Bay St. Louis.
"The parade is for the children," said Diccie Williams. "When something like that goes down, it hurts everybody. Things are going to happen, but that shouldn't dampen everybody's parade."
Hilda Lindley knew one of the men killed in Pass Christian. She brought her children to the Fat Tuesday parade, but was more on guard.
"I'm keeping an eye on anything that looks suspicious," said Lindley. "If I feel like there's an odd feeling, then my kids will be out of the way."
Forty-five units were registered in the 9th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Parade.