Gulf Coast Carnival Association's 2008 King And Queen Announced

Reigning over the Gulf Coast Carnival Associations centennial are King D'Iberville Ron Peresich of Biloxi and Queen Ixolib Annie Rachel Anderson of Gulfport.

"It is such an exciting thing," says Anderson. "It's such an honor to be chosen to represent the Gulf Coast on the 100th year anniversary."

"It's an opportunity to be part of a tradition that's been going on, on the coast, for 100 years," says Peresich. "I think that says a lot of wonderful things about all of the people down here who put their time and money into making this such a great event that everyone enjoys."

Peresich is an attorney with many professional honors. He's also been deeply involved in community minded organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Leadership and the Gulf Coast Business Council.

His family has deep roots in the Gulf Coast Carnival Association. He served as a Duke in 1993 and his daughter reigned as Queen in 1996.

"You know something that's been going on for 100 years, has been going on through depressions, through wars, through hurricanes; I think it says a lot about the Gulf Coast that we're still doing this."

Annie Anderson is 2007 graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Psychology. She currently works in Austin Texas, but she says her own royal family roots will always bring here back home for Mardi Gras.

Both her father Roy Anderson the third and grandfather, the late Boyce Holleman, served as past Kings.

"Mardi Gras has always been such a big part of my life. I've been involved since I was little. My dad was King in '99. Mardi Gras is just so special to me, and I'm very lucky to represent this year as the Queen Ixolib, on the 100th year anniversary," Anderson said.