Good Times Roll: Nereids conduct 47th annual parade despite deluge
By ELLIS C. CUEVAS and GEOFF BELCHER
Feb 25, 2014, 18:52
The Krewe of Nereids on Sunday conducted its 47th annual Mardi Gras parade in Bay St. Louis and Waveland, although there was a two-hour rain delay.
Despite heavy rain and a two-hour delay, the 47th annual Krewe of Nereids rolled on Sunday for a slightly soggy but still-enthusiastic crowd.
"When the delays continued, it caused many spectators to leave," Waveland Police Chief David Allen said, "but once the parade started to roll, the crowds began to swell and it seemed in our city, we had almost as many people as we usually have."
"Folks just love the Nereids parade," Waveland Mayor David Garcia said Sunday. "A little rain isn't going to keep them away. ... There are a lot of die-hard parade-goers."
The delay actually caused some people to extend the party a little too far, Allen said, leading to 11 arrests for alcohol-related infractions.
"Crowd control was very important," Allen said, "and it was important for all the various law enforcement agencies to work together. We appreciated the cooperation of the agencies involved and the vast majority of the general public, too."
Bay St. Louis Deputy Chief Christine De Bouchel said there were no parade-related arrests in the Bay.
The Mardi Gras fun continues in Hancock County and Pass Christian through next Tuesday with several parades yet to roll, including:
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 Kings 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.