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Large Turn Out For Biloxi's Hibernia Parade

Hundreds of people came out, dressed in their best green to celebrate the Hibernia Marching Society's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"St. Patrick's day is our biggest day in Ireland. We love it. It's our big day," John Crolnin said.

He moved from Ireland to Mississippi three years ago. He says the Hibernia parade was a happy reminder of his native country and hertiage.

"It's fantastic. It makes me feel like I'm right back at home, and seeing all these people enjoying it, it's just fantastic.," he said.

Fred Tompkins travelled all the way from Richburg, New York to enjoy the celebration and warm weather.

"There's a foot of snow in our area right now," Tompkins said.

But there were plenty of locals, too, including Beverly Martin who has judged the Hibernia parade for the past 8 years.

"Actually, we have a bigger crowd here this year than we had last year, and we have more entries this year. We have 53 entries this year, and last year, I think we had about 40," Martin said.

Just like during Mardi Gras, parade-goers were wrangling for strands of beads, and according to one parade vendor, yummy treats to suit the palate.

One thing's for certain, at this parade, no one left empty handed.

Grace Blessey was this year's colleen.

Don Halle served as grand marshal.

By Toni Miles

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