UPDATE: Krewe of Seahorse rolls through Bay St. Louis
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 4, 2014, 18:06
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse rolled its inaugural Lundi Gras parade in Bay St. Louis on Monday
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse made history Monday evening, becoming the first evening Lundi Gras parade to roll in Bay St. Louis.
"It was amazing," Seahorse co-founder Margaret Rafferty said. "I could not believe how many people came out."
The krewe is named after the U.S.S. Seahorse, a War of 1812 schooner, which valiantly fought a contingent from the British Fleet on Dec. 14, 1814 during the Battle of Bay St. Louis, a precursor of the Battle of Lake Bourne and the Battle of New Orleans.
Monday's parade is a kick-off of a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the battle, officials said.
Monday's parade consisted of about 70 golf carts and vehicles decorated with lights, colors, and pirate garb. Dozen of walkers also joined the parade, many of them in costume.
"The costumes and colors were awesome," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said Tuesday. "Everyone did a great job and it showed."
Despite the cold and windy conditions an estimated crowd of 10,000 people filled the streets of downtown Bay St. Louis to catch the parade.
Rafferty said she hopes the parade will become bigger and bigger in years to come.
"I can't wait until next year," she said. "This was the start of something really special."