Pass Parade And D'Iberville Parade Roll On Sunday

The St. Paul carnival association parade is known by locals as simply the "Pass parade." but it actually started 72 years ago as a fund raiser for St. Paul's catholic school. Since that first year, the parade has grown along with the crowds. Now, it has become one of the Coast's most awaited and celebrated Mardi Gras events.

Catching throws is only a small part of the Pass parade experience. There's alot a celebrating going on hours before the parade even rolls.

"I've been out here since 8:30 this morning because I'm ready to party! It's Mardi Gras!," parade goer Tabitha Carnley said.

Much of the partying is done in businesses and homes along the parade route. If you live there, a party is a must.

"I wouldn't have any friends if I didn't," Pass Christian resident Carolyn Scafidi said. "I start about two weeks before, started preparing food."

The Welch family says in 1972 they invited some friends over to watch the parade, and every year since their friends and family show up ready for a good time.

"Just partying, having a good time - this is something that's been going on for 29 years here where we reside," Debra Welch said.

Pass Christian didn't have the only party on the Coast.  In St. Martin and D'iberville, people lined the streets for a Mardi Gras parade as well. More than 60 groups and floats made their way through Jackson and Harrison counties for the North Bay Mardi Gras parade. Thousands enjoyed the festivities. This year's royalty for the parade was King Grover Switzer and Queen Sandy Ropp.