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Real People Turn To Diamonds In Bay St. Louis

The Coast's newest krewe to roll on Fat Tuesday partied on the streets of Bay St. Louis. The Krewe Of Diamonds, formerly the Krewe of Real People, remains the Coast's only predominantly African-American krewe to parade on Mardi Gras Day.

Real People symbolically passed the torch on to a younger group in the community to keep the Mardi Gras tradition alive in the Bay.

Corinn Thomas-Burton and David Berry reigned as the Krewe of Diamonds' first King and Queen. Bay St. Louis Police Officer Anderson Hall served as Grand Marshal.

Organizers say parade goers can expect the same festive time they've become accustomed to.

"The name has changed, but I think the meaning of Mardi Gras here in Bay St. Louis is going to be the same," Connie Payne-Lampley with the Krewe of Real People said.

"Whether it's the Real People or the Krewe of Diamonds were still going to have a good time it's Mardi Gras! It's like a family reunion," Pass Christian resident Sheredia Marshall said.

The Krewe of Real People will become a civic organization, helping to raise funds for college scholarships and recovery efforts.

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