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Carnival time in Hancock County
By Echo Staff
Feb 18, 2014, 18:16

The Krewe of Nereids was organized in 1966 by a group of professional women from Waveland and was founded to keep the tradition and heritage of Mardi Gras alive for future generations, and to provide an economic boost to the community. It has grown over the years to become one of the biggest attractions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The krewe’s 2014 parade is scheduled for this Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.

The 42nd Annual Krewe of Kids will kick off the parade season in Hancock County this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.
The kids will line up at the former North Bay Elementary site on Dunbar Avenue and proceed to Dunbar Village. The parade will continue down Dunbar Ave. to Boardman Ave., taking a left on Leonhard Ave., and making its way back down Dunbar Ave. to disband at the meeting site. The Krewe of Kids grand marshal is WLOX news correspondent Michelle Lady. It is a family-friendly parade with bikes, wagons, shopping carts and anything non-motorized. For more details please call Hancock County Supervisor Lisa Cowand at (228) 216-0506.
• The 6th Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday at noon.  Floats, horses and buggies, golf carts, antique cars and more parade throughout a five-mile circular route north of Interstate 10.
The parade starts and ends at Neco’s Market Place at the intersection of Vidalia and Cable Bridge Road (Exit 24). Exit north on Firetower Road to Vidalia Road, then east on Vidalia Road to Cable Bridge Road.
• The Krewe of Fleur de Lis will have its 6th Annual Carnival Ball Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Diamondhead Community Center. Tickets are available at Shieldsboro Bazaar. Queen Lille' VI is Kaysha Bush. King Salvo VI is Houston Miller.
• The 47th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade will roll on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. beginning at the intersection of Drinkwater and Highway 90 in Bay Saint Louis, rolling west, ending at Auderer Street and Highway 90 in Waveland, disbanding in front of the West End Restaurant. Nereids' grand Marshal is Carrie Duncan of WLOX News.
• Holy Trinity Catholic School, Bay St. Louis, will hold its Krewe of Knights Mardi Gras Parade on Friday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. The parade will begin on S. Second Street in front of the school. It will then travel to Union St., down to Beach Boulevard and back up Court St. to S. Second St. The Court will be presented at the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce on Court Street, where they will then watch the rest of the parade. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
• The Krewe of Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade will roll on March 1 at noon. Approximately 30 units. Elaborately decorated golf carts will unload beads, stuffed animals, candy and other Carnival treats to scores of outstretched hands. Parade begins at the Community Center and winds its way towards the Country Club.
• The St. Paul Carnival Association Mardi Gras Ball is March 1, doors open at 7 p.m. at the West Harrison Civic Center, 4670 West Espy Avenue.  Join in the fun with presentation of the 2014 royal court and beautiful tableau, and then afterwards, dance the night away. To purchase tickets for the ball, contact St. Vincent De Paul School at 228-222-6000 or Rory Robin Rafferty at 228-547-4873. 
• The 84th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade is set to roll on Sunday, March 2 at noon.
The parade starts at the corner of Davis Ave. and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive, turns west to Henderson Avenue, north to St. Louis, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, and east on Second to Davis Avenue. Grand Marshal for the, 2014 Pass Christian Parade, "100 Years of Parading in the Pass,” Michael Grimm, singer and songwriter and the winner of the America's Got Talent!
King Christian is Michael O'Dwyer; Queen Christiana: Charlotte Christman; Parade Marshal: Chris Schmidt.
• The First Annual Lundi Gras Parade of the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse will be on Monday, March 3 from 6-8 in Bay Saint Louis. King and Queen arrive at the Harbor at 3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. The night parade winds through old town Bay St. Louis and ends at the Bay St. Louis Community Center for the King’s Toast and Awards
Bands, antique cars, decorated golf carts and walking krewes are welcome, $30 per entry. Period costumes are highly recommended for the event. For more information on the Krewe, the parade and how to become a member or have an entry in the parade please call 228-220-3351; fax 228-868-5422; or visit the website at www.mystickreweoftheseahorse.com.
• The 7th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade will roll on Fat Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in downtown Bay Saint Louis. The parade will line up at Commagere Park on Bookter Street and will continue south to Necaise Avenue. From Necaise Ave., the route will continue to Main Street on to Beach Blvd.
The route will then proceed to Union Street and continue to Blaize Ave. (Third Street). From Blaize Ave., the parade will turn right on Sycamore Street and roll to Old Spanish Trail. The parade will end on Bookter Street. Those interested in participating in the parade should call Corinn Burton at 228-671-1471 or Tequila Hall at 228-342-0883.


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