Bay’s Krewe of Diamonds wraps up the 2014 Carnival season in style
By Dwayne Bremer and Geoff Belcher
Mar 4, 2014, 18:07
Frigid temperatures and pouring rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of either the Krewe of Diamonds or spectators on Tuesday.
Temperatures dipped into the 30s and rain fell incessantly on Fat Tuesday, but the Krewe of Diamonds soldiered on for its seventh annual Mardi Gras Day parade.
Despite the inclement weather, the krewe was greeted Tuesday by an enthusiast crowd of spectators.
Nick Saucier served as this year's King Diamond; his wife, Terri Saucier was Queen Diamond VII. Dr. Barbara Coatney, executive director of the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, served as parade grand marshal.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame toasted the royals on Main Street in front of Maggie May's and proclaimed Fat Tuesday as "Krewe of Diamonds Day" in the city.
Mother Nature was much kinder to the Krewe of Diamondhead on Saturday as King Harold Dawley and Queen Linda Dawley led the way on a picture-perfect day. The theme for this year's Diamondhead parade was "A Salute to the Military."
Diamondhead Mayor Tom Schafer served as grand marshal.
The St. Paul Carnival Assoc. Mardi Gras parade drew tens-of-thousands of residents to Pass Christian Sunday.
This year's themes were "100 years of Parading in the Pass" and "Diamonds are Forever."
Celebrity Michael Grimm, a native of Waveland, was the parade's grand marshal and Michael O'Dwyer was the king.
An estimated crowd of 100,000 lined the streets for the parade, officials said.
"It was fantastic," Pass Christian Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott said Monday. "This parade has survived wars, hurricanes, rumors, and everything else. Every year it gets bigger."
Despite the large crowds, arrests for the parade were down this year, officials said.
Pass Christian Police Chief John Dubuisson said things went pretty smooth on Sunday.
"We had 17 arrests, I believe," Dubuisson said. "The arrests were mostly for minor offenses. I think it went well."
The only incident of note during the parade was when two riders fell from a float on North Second Street.
American Medical Response transported one man to the hospital, but neither of the men's injuries were considered life-threatening, Dubuisson said.