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Good Times Still Roll in Pass Christian

It's one of the biggest parades of South Mississippi's carnival season.

Thousands lined the streets for the St. Paul Carnival Parade in Pass Christian, and for a time, parade-goers in this hurricane devastated city put their Katrina worries behind them and let the good times roll.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Pass Christian to celebrate the 2006 St. Paul Carnival Parade in Pass Christian.

Just north of the parade route, FEMA trailers still lined city streets--something that didn't go unnoticed by the parade's grand marshal.

Good Morning America Anchor and Pass Christian native, Robin Roberts.

"There has been a lot of progress, but there is still much that needs to be done, and so while you need to celebrate the progress, and the things that are moving forward, you can't lose sight of all the work that needs to be done. I look around and I see that there is less debris, but I see that there is still debris that needs to be cleared," Roberts said.

But Sunday's parade route was debris free and filled with people eager to put their post-Katrina worries behind them--all in agreement, that like this parade, life, too, must move on.

"This is part of Pass Christian. Carnival is a part of Pass Christian. It's been here for so long with St. Paul's, and doing that, and I think it has to build the spirits of the community," said Peggy Reed-Gunter, a past carnival queen.

"And the reason we've always done this is to benefit our children. Any monies we raised throughout the whole carnival season was to benefit the children of St. Paul school. And of course, our school is lost, and we're combining schools with St. Thomas, but we still hope to benefit the children of the combined schools together," said Beth Taylor, the current carnival queen.

And it appears no stormm present or past, can dampen the sprits or festivities at one of South Mississippi's largest Mardi Gras parades. 

"It never rains on the pass parade. It may rain before. It may rain after, but it never rains on the Pass Parade, but it is a time to for a moment, put aside all that has happened and just celebrate," Roberts said.

Beth Taylor reigned as this year's queen.

Skip Negretto was this year's king.

By: Toni Miles

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