Mardi Gras rolls to a close with the Krewe of Gemini

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Krewe of Gemini closed out Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a huge parade through the streets of downtown Gulfport Tuesday night.

This year marked the 40th anniversary for the Krewe of Gemini. Kenny Study and Jamie Lord reigned over the festivities as King and Queen. But they weren't the only ones creating memories.

"Getting all the beads and spending time with my family," Kristen Bowen said.

"Just to have a good time and hang out with my friends," Devry Cothrn said.

"The most memorable thing I remember is the man walking down with the flowers and you kiss them on the cheek and they give you the paper flowers and stuff," Christina Wetter said.

Laconnie Watts is not originally from South Mississippi, but now calls the coast her home. She remembers her first Mardi Gras parade like it was yesterday.

"It was just amazing to get out and to see all the people to see adults going back to kids. We're out here jumping. Oh beads, beads. Oh my God, they're just beads, but the excitement is so much," Watts said.

Now like many others along the coast, the Gulfport woman is making the Gemini Parade her new family tradition.