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Arnold High students helped Krewe during Mardi Gras. It paid off.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — Hard work paid off for Arnold High School students who helped The Krewe of Dominique Youx with this year's Mardi Gras season.

The Krewe of Dominique Youx Foundation handed a $2,000 check to Arnold's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program and a $700 check to the boys basketball team.

The Jewels of the Sea, from the Krewe of Dominique Youx, brought mermaids as Panama City Beach celebrated Mardi Gras with a parade through Pier Park on Feb. 12.
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"These checks were a donation to the programs for all they do helping the krewe keep the three Bay County parades we participate in safe for the men, women and children," said John Dunaway of Dominique Youx.

Arnold's programs were recognized for assisting as wheel walkers next to the floats during parades to ensure the safety of the crowds. The school's NJROTC program also provided a color guard for the two dress balls the krewe holds each year.

Thousands come out annually to enjoy the spring Mardi Gras parades in St. Andrews and Pier Park and the krewe's parade during the Pirates of the High Seas Festival each October.

Founded in 1986, Dominique Youx is Bay County’s original Mardi Gras krewe. The Pirates Fest, produced by the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, is set for Columbus Day weekend. Taking place throughout Grand Lagoon and Pier Park, the festival includes an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, a pirate invasion and a treasure hunt. For details, go to visitpanamacitybeach.com.

The Krewe of Dominique Youx Foundation is a nonprofit that gives back to organizations in the community. For more information, visit dykrewe.org.

This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Krewe of Dominique Youx rewards Arnold programs for Mardi Gras help