Krewe of Gemini Rolls Through Gulfport on Fat Tuesday

The Krewe of Gemini capped off Mardi Gras season in style on Tuesday night.

Organizers say over the years the popularity of the Gulfport night parade has grown tremendously. They say that's not just because of the great throws but also the family atmosphere surrounding the parade. Floats, throws, and hundreds of screaming people add up to some great quality time for Don Siebenkettle and his family.

"All parades are family parades," Siebenkettle said. "Anything to get your family together so you can spend time with the kids and family, it'

Every year several generations of the Johnson family come out to the enjoy the parade. The aunts, nieces, brothers, cousins say carrying on the tradition is more exciting when they do it together.

"I started when I was just knee high and now look at me I'm grown. Now I'm starting my kids with it," Kim Joh

All along the parade route were families who say Mardi Gras season brings them closer together.

"I think just because we're together and seeing the other kids and how everybody is interacting and stuff. They've been able to just run and play," Gail Vanderw

It's not just the families that come out and watch the parade the ones that come out and participate. The Cuevas family has been rolling for 20 years and they're still going strong.

"It's just a way to get the family together and enjoy a tradition," Jeffrey Cuevas said. "Twenty years this year that we've done this as a tradition. We started this as the Krewe of Legacy 20 years ago because legacy was something we wa

In this year's royalty for the Krewe of Gemini parade also happen to be husband and wife. Elvin and Inell Kellum served as king and queen.

by Danielle Thomas