Blaring fire and police sirens signaled the start of the Mardi Gras Mambo on Tuesday. The heart of Bay St. Louis was beating with plenty of throws, excited crowds, and of course, royalty.
"Lassez les bon temps roulez," said Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre as he toasted the queen and king.
"It's just another step in the direction that we're going at, especially a local parade, homegrown parade," said Favre.
While most revelers were loyal locals, one group of disabled retirees drove all the way from Magee, to soak up the Fat Tuesday fun for the very first time.
Gloria Johnson is the Assistant Director of the Boswell Regional Center in Magee.
"They wanted to see one. We thought we could come here to see a real nice parade, and not have long lines and long crowds and they're just excited to be here."
And some Tennessee church volunteers caught plenty of beads, and a big surprise - a taste of home.
"We're from Chattanooga. We got a moon pie, and they're made in Chattanooga," said Joyce Bay. "We're rehabbing houses here. This is our first parade and we love it. It's great."
Judging from the crowd's reaction, the Krewe of Real People really knew how to throw a party. 40 units rolled through downtown Bay St. Louis. Corey and Toy Watts served as this year's King and Queen. Miss Black Mississippi USA Latasha Seliby was the Grand Marshal.