Krewe of Gemini hometown parade even for out-of-towners

Krewe of Gemini hometown parade even for out-of-towners

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The 48th annual Krewe of Gemini parade took over downtown Gulfport Saturday. Pre-parade parties got the celebration warmed up.

Scott Burge and his family have claimed the corner on 13th Street for about six years. His grill is holding its own against some big competition.

"Family, friends, extended family. Whatever," Burge said. "We probably have eight or 10 people here but it may swell to whatever, you know. People start smelling food and come by and we'll feed anybody that wants to come by."

Likewise, the grill is hot at Richard Smith's parade oasis near City Hall. For Smith, the city's prosecutor, this is relax time.

"It's just a great place to hang out," Smith said. "The parade rolls right by. It stops at the reviewing stand. It's a slower area than being on Highway 49."

Gary Seymour and his family have been enjoying the Gemini Parade for 20 years. 14th Street is a good area for him, but finding the same spot can be competitive.

"This is a new spot for me. I used to get one block over, but they tore up my place up so I had to regroup," Seymour said. "You've got to get down here early if you want a spot, you know?"

The parade featured about 80 units with the theme Bollywood. Thousands lined the route to catch plastic loot.

Among the parade goers included some out-of-state residents who have made the Gemini parade one of their own. Friends from Louisiana came to the Coast several years ago and discovered the parade by accident.

They've made it a family trip ever since.

"We were here to do some shopping," said Chasity Hoyt. "We were coming through town and saw there was a parade and stopped."

King Jupiter was Joseph Dazet, and Queen Leda was Dana Dazet. Grand Marshal was Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania.

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