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    Making the perfect margarita

    Story and photos by Kate Magandy Holzhauser Gulfport’s El Agave restaurant is famed for its award-winning blood orange margarita, so in honor of Cinco de Mayo this month, we asked owner Mercedes Carranza how to prepare the perfect margarita cocktail. Carranza recruited a member of his staff, Joana Alvarez, to demonstrate how it’s done The […]

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    Sister Act

    As she rides through the streets of Biloxi in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, celebrating Irish culture and heritage, Kristina Winter will be following in her sister’s footsteps. Winter, who was chosen as colleen for this year’s parade, is the sibling of Kathryn Winter, who received the honor last year. This marks the first […]

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    La Belle Femme celebrates sisterhood

    Robert Cheyenne McCormick and his two pages, grandchildren Emily Zwick and Rosemary McCormick, along with his wife, Darnell McCormick, and grandchildren Peyton Luke Hebert and Katelynn Marie Hebert. The couple were the 2015 king and queen of Le Belle Femme. The theme that year was “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Its members’ ages span five […]

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    Deconstructed gown

    By Sheila Gray Sheila Gray of Vancleave has been creating the ornate costumes for the Gulf Coast Carnival Association court since 1980. She shared with us the process of creating a perfect carnival gown. FIRST STOP: NEW YORK We try to go to New York to look for fabrics because there is such a variety […]

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    Making of a Mardi Gras

    By Andi Oustalet Mardi Gras is one of the most wonderful times on the Coast. Thousands of revelers line parade routes and dress extravagantly for balls, but most of them likely don’t completely understand what goes into the development and execution of Mardi Gras. I have been involved with Mardi Gras for more than 20 […]

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    Royalty runs in the family

    Sixteen years and one day after the Krewe of Diamondhead crowned her parents king and queen, Dinah Rhoades has resumed her family’s reign. On Dec. 8, the Krewe named Dinah Rhoades queen for 2019. In 2003, Chuck Garrison and his wife, Til Garrison, were one of the first husband-and-wife pairs to hold their king and […]

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