GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Following Fat Tuesday tradition in South Mississippi, the Krewe of Gemini was one of the last parades to roll. In its 48th year, the krewe made sure to end carnival season with a bang. Gulfport natives are big fans of the parade.
"I love it. I mean, it's a place to bring the kids. It's safe. You don't have to worry about running and that type of stuff. It's actually good to bring your kids out," said Gladys Quince.
Excited revelers lined the miles-long parade route that weaved through the streets of downtown Gulfport. Those atop the floats made beads and throws rain down on the crowd.
"Mostly, I save some for the next following year, put them on, especially the cute ones. I just have fun with them. I got a thing full at home right now," said Debra Buckhalter.
Thousands of people say they come out to this parade every year, because it's one of their favorites. This year's theme was Bollywood. King Jupiter Joseph Dazet and Queen Leda Dana Dazet, a married couple, reigned over this year's festivities. For Dana, it's a family tradition.
"I've had kings and queens in the family before me who have kind of passed it along to us. So, it's kind of passed along to us. It's what we've grown up in," said Dana.
Joseph, who says he married into it all, loves Mardi Gras and all the fun that comes along with it.
"It's like going to Disney World and riding that roller coaster for the first time. It's exciting. It's a thrill ride. The people are great. It's been a wonderful experience," said Joseph.
The night parade is the second time the Krewe of Gemini rolls during the carnival season. They host a day parade the Saturday before Fat Tuesday.