Heavy fog and dense clouds lifted to reveal a flawless blue sky on Fat Tuesday as the brand new Krewe of Diamonds through Bay St. Louis.
The new group is the offshoot of the old Krewe of Real People, which had paraded in the Bay for 25 years. Real People disbanded and handed the reins of frivolity over to Krewe of Diamonds, a younger group that vows to carry on the traditions of the old krewe.
So far, so good. An array of floats, marching groups and dance troops delighted a crowd of several thousand throughout the parade. The group took the same route as had Real People since Hurricane Katrina.
The old full route through Old Town and up the beach has been abandoned because of Katrina. The parade now runs up Necaise Avenue to Main Street, to Toulme Street and up Blaize Avenue to Sycamore Street.
Crowds lined the route. Near the end of the parade, hundreds crowded the borders of Blaize Avenue as floats, dancers and marchers passed through the Depot District.
High spots included dance groups the Delta Gems, the Supersonic All-Star Dancing Team and Soul Patrol. The Moss Point High School marching band walked tall.
Throws and treats that seemed to delight small paradegoers the most: Coloring books, stuffed animals, beads and more beads.