Krewe of Diamonds rolls, despite BSL road work

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Road work in Bay St. Louis had little impact on the Krewe of Diamonds' party. The predominately African-American krewe rolled without a problem on Fat Tuesday, attracting revelers from all over Hancock and Pearl River counties.

"A lot of great music and just a great, great time," said Diamondhead resident Sandi Necaise.

"Nothing else to do in Picayune," said Picayune resident Richard McNease.

"Just the fun of it," Poplarville resident Lori Stewart said.

"I just love Mardi Gras. I'm originally from New Orleans and I just love Mardi Gras," Bay St. Louis resident Bo Dee said.

And judging from the crowd that turned out for the parade, she's not alone.

"The Krewe of Diamonds is a special parade because we're carrying on the tradition of the Krewe of Real People, which was 25 years. This is our second year running," Krewe Captain Corinn Burton said.

Meshelle Antoine Reigned over the parade as Queen and Greg Porter served as King.

"Being King Diamonds II, it will be something I'll remember for a while," Porter said.

"It's a good thing to go down in history as the second queen of the Krewe of Diamonds," Antoine said.

Radio personality Tabari Daniels served as Grand Marshal.

"I was going to be in this parade no matter what, because I always have one of the best times in my life at this parade," Daniels said. "So when they said I was Grand Marshal, I was like, 'For real? Me?'"

Organizers say the parade is getting bigger every year. This year there were about 50 floats and entries all with a "Vegas Nights" theme.

"We choose Vegas Nights because it's more like a gamble. And we gambled on this, and it turned out to be a good success," Burton said.

This year's parade route was forced to change due to the underground utility work going on downtown. Organizers say they hope to go back to the traditional parade route next year.