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Photo feature: Plenty of Heart & Soul

Krewe of Heart and Soul Mardi Gras queen Toni Washington walks into the auditorium at the Natchez Convention Center during the krewe’s annual grand ball. The ball is one of the krewe’s events leading up to Mardi Gras in February.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Krewe of Heart and Soul Mardi Gras queen Toni Washington walks into the auditorium at the Natchez Convention Center during the krewe’s annual grand ball. The ball is one of the krewe’s events leading up to Mardi Gras in February. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

 

Willie Wesley Sr. cheers for his son the Krewe of Heart and Soul Mardi Gras king Willie Wesley Jr. during the krewe’s annual grand ball at the auditorium at the Natchez Convention Center. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Willie Wesley Sr. cheers for his son the Krewe of Heart and Soul Mardi Gras king Willie Wesley Jr. during the krewe’s annual grand ball at the auditorium at the Natchez Convention Center. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

 

Irma Fakes gets help with her mask by William Baker during the grand ball. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Irma Fakes gets help with her mask by William Baker during the grand ball. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)