St. Rose de Lima Festival organizers on Saturday honored legendary Bay entertainers Bo & Dee.

A huge crowd enjoyed the shade under the oaks at the historic Bay St. Louis Depot on Saturday to enjoy some down-home barbecue and blues for the 92nd annual St. Rose de Lima Festival.

"It was one of the best festivals we've had," event organizer Janita Cole said. "Comments were made to me that the food was delicious, (there was) soul-soothing music and an awesomely friendly Southern atmosphere under the oaks. Having the festival at the historic Train Depot was a great place for the entire community to come together."

One of the highlights of the festival was a brief ceremony to honor local music legends Bo and Dee.

"It was an extreme delight to have Bo and Dee in our presence at the festival," Cole said. "They were honored as local legends for providing many years of music and entertainment to Hancock County and the surrounding area."

"Guitar Bo" Darensbourg, 80, and wife Dee have been playing and singing together since 1961, when -- according to local legend -- Bo saw Dee performing at a New Orleans nightclub and declared that night she was going to be his wife.

Over the years, the duo have played on stage with B.B. King, opened for Fats Domino at the Biloxi Coliseum, and have played hundreds of gigs at venues all over Louisiana and Mississippi.

"We want to thank the St. Rose Festival team members and the community volunteers that worked so hard to make this festival a success," Cole said. "Also, thank you to the city of Bay St. Louis, Waveland Fire Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for all you did to accommodate our many requests."

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