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Olympic Gold Medalist serves as grand marshal for Krewe of Diamonds Parade

Olympic Gold Medalist "Mighty Ruthie" Bolton led the Krewe of Diamonds Parade in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX) Olympic Gold Medalist "Mighty Ruthie" Bolton led the Krewe of Diamonds Parade in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Young and old lined the Krewe of Diamonds Parade route Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras in Bay St. Louis. The crowd included Tobie Lamb and Justin Moles who traveled all the way from Australia to enjoy Mardi Gras with friends. They were able to enjoy a familiar taste, even if it was called something different. 

"Back home crawfish are called a yabby, but they probably get bigger at home and are exactly the same," said Lamb. 

King Kevin Avery helped carry on a long-standing tradition for the Coast's only predominately African American Krewe to parade. The parade welcomes all participants and doesn't charge an entry fee. 

"It's bringing back history for the Krewe of Real People and the Krewe of Diamonds," Avery said. 

By Kevin's side was Adriane Avery, who was standing in for Queen Carlette Brown Reese. Reese couldn't make it out Tuesday because she's battling cancer. 

"I want to represent to bring awareness to cancer because she's a dear auntie to my kids and they love her to death," Adriane Avery said. 

"Mighty Ruthie" Bolton led the parade as grand marshal. As an Olympic women's basketball player, Bolton won a pair of gold medals playing for Team USA. She was back in her home state of Mississippi just for Mardi Gras. 

"Mardi Gras, this is big here," Bolton said. "I'm from Mississippi, but I live in California and it feels good to come home. Every day should be a Mardi Gras. I think it's an experience and an attitude. I'm excited to be here."

This was the tenth straight year for the Krewe of Diamonds Parade to roll in Bay St. Louis.

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