The art of throwing beads involves loading up the left arm and keeping the right hand free for the toss, as this 2015 Mardi Gras Boat Parade participant demonstrates.

Mike Dowty | The News

The Krewe of Diversion will have its 23rd annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12 p.m.

The parade will feature Grand Marshal WBRZ’s John “JP” Pastorek.

Registration will take place at Manny’s on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m.

Entry fee is $35 per boat, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please make checks payable to LFACC (Louisiana Friends Against Childhood Cancer.)

Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny’s starting at noon on the day of the parade.

A live auction starts at 5:30 p.m. or after all participating parade boats are back at Manny’s. All donations are appreciated.

For more information about the parade or the auction, call David or Vivian Stevens at 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695.

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