Crowds Gather For Gulfport Parade Despite Rain

Where there's a will, there's a way.

And Gulfports Krewe of Gemini found both this year, to bring the spirit of Mardi Gras back to their hometown.

"We had a tough time at first deciding weather we would do it or not after Katrina, says Al Fellows, a past president and current Krewe of Gemini Trustee. "But then we decided yeah, it was better for the public to do that."

A public that while small this year, was very much in agreement.

"Everybody needs to just overcome the storm and just get on with it and have our Mardi Gras parades," says Tammy Campbell of Gulfport.

WLOX's own Rebecca Powers served as Grand Marshall, and led the procession of some 57 floats through the battered but still beating heart of Gulfport.

King and Queen Steve and Peggy Johnstone proudly represented the Krewe of Gemini's civic pride and determination to celebrate despite all they've been through.

"Some of our members lost their homes, their vehicles, and everything they had," says Fellows. "But they say they're still going to party and they're here, and they're having a good time too."

A good time was very much on the minds of those in attendance, both young, and not so young alike.

All happy to once again plead that familiar refrain of Hey mister, throw me something.