Krewe of Diamonds Parade rolls a decade strong in Bay St. Louis

The annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras parade is now ten years strong.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson takes us to the streets of downtown Bay St. Louis for a look back on the fun.
It may not be the most popular parade or have the biggest crowds, but some say the Krewe of Diamonds parade in Bay St. Louis is a hidden treasure on the Gulf Coast. Gulfport resident Jevon Vontoure has ridden in the parade since its beginning. “We crawl together, we walk together, we ride together. Today, we’re gonna roll together”
As the Krewe of Diamonds rolled through Bay St. Louis Tuesday, Hancock County residents filled downtown, lining the streets with others from all over the world. One parade goer traveled from Australia. He said, “We came to see the Mardi Gras parade. We’re from Australia.”
With about 40 units and about ten floats this year, it’s more about quality than quantity. A lot of hard work goes into making this parade sparkle. Co-founder of the Krewe of Diamonds parade Corinn Burton said, “We’re a small town, but we have lots and lots of supporters here. We have a big community and that’s what makes us operate one of the best on the Coast.”
Nobody went home empty handed and a good time was had by all, a small parade worth the distance for those who travel near and far to take part in the Krewe of Diamonds Parade each year. “We’ve got to keep the movement alive. Life is nothing if you’re not enjoying it,” said Vontoure.

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