HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A festival royalty press conference was held Monday morning in Hattiesburg.
During the conference, names were announced for this year's royal court for the annual Irish-Italian Festival and parade.
The Youth Challenge cadets from Camp Shelby's will serve as Grand Marshalls of the parade, USM women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis will be the Colleen and long-time volunteer Hal Odom will be the king of the Parade.
The parade route runs down West 4th Street from Highway 49 until it reaches St. Thomas of Aquinas Catholic Church.
"I feel like I just started off as a peasant," Odom said. "I just tell everybody, continue to work hard and one day you might even reach that point of being king."
Organizers said last year's parade was quite successful with more than 50 parade entries.
The parade will take place March 19, around 10:30 a.m.