Big Winners At Gemini Parade

The Mardi Gras season is coming to a close and Tuesday people all over the coast celebrated the tradition. Part of that history is finding out who can design the best float.

45 floats went through the streets of downtown Gulfport for the Gemini night parade. Each one hoping to take home the top prize.

"Most patriotic spirit, the most people out here. We're the best one's out here," says Dave Insalaco, with the Krewe of Blue.

The Krewe of Blue was the very last float in the parade. The Krewe of military, armed forces and veterans say this is what Mardi Gras is all about.

"It's just a combination of everybody coming together," said Wayne Lewis with the Krewe of Blue.

He says it took the krewe days to string lights, hang beads design costumes, however, they are convinced that they have the best float.

"They can't beat this float," Lewis said.

Creativity is just one things judges are looking for but they're also trying to find out who has the most Mardi Gras spirit.

"Are they having a good time? Are they throwing a lot of beads," said judge Vince Ladner.

Ladner has been judging the parade for years. It's a job he loves but others on the reviewing stand say it's a lot harder than it looks.

"I would hate to pick out one because there are so many floats to choose from," says Elvin Kellum.

His wife agrees.

"Everybody works on it whether they are on the float or not," says Inell Kellum.

So after hours of planning and hours of fun, judges say it's not about winning or losing. This party is all about the spirit of Mardi Gras.

The winners of Tuesday's Gemini Night Parade were the Krewe of Saucier Hillbillies for the Captains Award, The Island View Casino for the best commercial float, the Krewe of All Krews for best non-commercial float, and the overall best float goes to the Krewe of Lafitte.