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Mardi Gras PC
Posted on Mon, Feb. 27, 2006
Mardi Gras in the Pass signals new beginning
By ANITA LEE calee@sunherald.com

PASS CHRISTIAN - The citizens of Pass Christian mustered their energy and commitment Sunday, turning
their backs on destruction to throw one of the city's most memorable Mardi Gras parades.
The 76th annual parade was smaller, the route shorter, but the day was packed with meaning six months after a hurricane that cost the city its entire sales tax base and 80 percent of its houses, including stately turn-of-the-century homes where revelers gathered to barbecue and visit during parades past.

This year, the focus shifted to U.S. 90. Thousands lined the highway as trinkets and beads were tossed from floats decorated for the theme "Cooking up a Storm."
Hometown celebrity Robin Roberts, a co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," served as grand marshal of the parade sponsored by the St. Paul Carnival Association. She's attended the Pass parade many times, but this was her first time to ride.
"I'm just so honored and proud of the people here," said Roberts, who rode atop an antique Buick LeSabre convertible. "They have such spirit. This is better than an Emmy."
Bob and Linda Zeller (Photo at Right) always invited family and friends from near and far to their historic home for the Pass parade. Last year, they renewed their wedding vows in the front yard before the 2005 parade rolled by on Second Street. They threw a party this year, too, outside the travel-trailer that serves as home while they make plans to rebuild.


As usual, Police Chief John Dubuisson kept an eye on the crowd. This was his 20th parade as police chief, but it's a miracle he's here at all. His house is gone and he almost lost his life in Katrina's tidal surge.
"I think this is a new beginning," Dubuisson said. "That's what I think."
It might drizzle before the Pass parade and it might rain afterward, but like anyone else from the Pass, Dubuisson will tell you, "It never rains on this parade. Look how bad it was Saturday and look at it today. It's beautiful."


Above Photos by Fitzhugh -- Sun Herald
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Above Photos submitted by Gayane
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Below Photos submitted by Karen
Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts
Marsha and Larry Parkers Float
The Taylor's float
Ball Captain
Katrina Stew
Malini Slabbers BYOL
After Parade Party at Malini's Slab


King Skip Negrotto and Dewayne Mallini standing on the throne @ Mallini's Bar
and Dewayne with Erma at right.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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