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Carnival Time: 2017 Mardi Gras Parades begin
By Geoff Belcher
Feb 14, 2017, 18:00

The Krewe of Retro on Saturday crowned Queen Farren Washington and King Morvon Washington. The krewe will parade with the Krewe of Diamonds on Fat Tuesday.

The Pass Christian Carnival Assoc.ís Krewe of Legacy got the Mardi Gras season rolling right on Saturday with its 9th annual parade, and the Krewe of Kids and Krewe of Nereids are scheduled to continue the festivities this weekend in Bay St. Louis and Waveland.

Krewe of Kids
The Krewe of Kids, organized by Lisa Cowand, will host its 32nd annual parade in Bay St. Louis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. This is a children's parade, designed for non-motorized vehicles. Bikers, walkers and wagons are all welcome. The parade rolls down Dunbar Ave. from in front of Dunbar Village. The kids will also toast the royals at Dunbar Village. This yearís queen is Mackenzie Elizabeth Knoblock; the king is Jason Forte. Ward 2 Councilwoman Wendy McDonald will serve as grand marshal.

Krewe of Nereids
The 50th Annual Waveland Krewe of Nereids parade rolls at noon.†on Sunday, Feb. 19. The parade will start at the Annex on Highway #90 in Bay St. Louis at 12 noon. and continue west ending at Auderer Boulevard in Waveland.
The all-female Krewe of Nereids hosts the parade, which is the largest cultural event that occurs in Hancock County each year.

Krewe of Knights
Holy Trinity Catholic School's Krewe of Knights Mardi Gras parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in front of the school on Second Street in downtown Bay St. Louis; proceed down Union Street, turn on to Beach Blvd. and then up Court Street, back to second and disperse in front of the school. The krewe will stop in front of the Bay Emporium on Second Street to toast the royal court of the Krewe of Nereids.

Krewe of Diamondhead
Hundreds of riders on floats, trucks and elaborately decorated golf carts will unload beads, stuffed animals, candy and other Carnival treats to scores of outstretched hands beginning at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, for the Krewe of Diamondhead parade. The parade begins at the Community Center and winds its way towards the Country Club. The Diamondhead Parade has rolled since 1976 when it began with golf carts. Now, it's one of the biggest and most family-friendly parades on the MS Gulf Coast.

St. Paul Carnival Assoc.
The 86th annual St. Paulís Carnival Assoc. parade will roll at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. The parade will start at the corner of Davis Avenue and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive, turns west to Henderson Avenue, north to St. Louis Street, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, east on Second Street to Davis Avenue.

Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse will host its third annual Lundi Gras parade beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. The parade starts at Bookter Street near the Depot; turns right on Necaise Ave.; right on Main Street; left onto deMontluzin; right on Beach Blvd.; then turns back up Main Street to end at Cue Street next to the Hancock County Courthouse. The 2017 King Oceanus is Al Copeland, who owns The Purple Banana with his wife Robin. Queen Tethys is Sam Walley, owner of Comcepts Business Support Services. Their Royal Court includes Kerry and Amy Corr, Mike and Diana Hansen, Bruce and Ginny Cabell, Dina and John Rosetti, Aissa Wiggins and Robin Copeland.

Krewe of Diamonds
The Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled to roll at 1 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. There is no entrance fee for parade participants. Line- up begins at 11 a.m. at Commagere Park on Bookter Street in Bay St. Louis, and will head South on Bookter Street to Necaise Ave.; Necaise Ave to Main Street; Main Street to Beach Blvd; Beach Blvd to Union Street; continue on Union to Blaize Ave/Third Street ; turn Right on Sycamore Street; right onto Old Spanish Trail back to Bookter Street.

To make changes or additions to this schedule, please e-mail Geoff at gbelcher@seacoastecho.com.


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