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St. Paul's Carnival Association is proud to present our 2020 Royalty...

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King Christian  XC

James Benjamin Benigno Jr.


Jimmy Benigno has been involved with St. Paul’s Carnival Association since he was a child. He remembers his first time riding in the Pass Parade as a “Lost Boy” on the “Peter Pan” float. He has served with St. Paul's Carnival Association in a number of roles, including as Chairman of the Contestant Committee, Court Duke, Royal Ball Floor Committee Member, Team Captain and Queen’s Escort for his wife, Queen Christiana 2009 Kim Benigno. In addition to his wife being Queen in 2009, Jimmy has had several relatives bestowed with the honor of King, Queen, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess since 1976.


Jimmy grew up in Pineville, across the street from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish grounds, now home of Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. He attended St. Paul Elementary School, graduated from St. Stanislaus, attended the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his Bachelor’s and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Houston.


Jimmy serves as a member and has chaired the St. Paul and now Holy Family Seafood Festival committee. He has also served on the St. Paul and St. Thomas/St. Paul School Board as well as the Building Committee during the transition phase of what is now St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School.


Jimmy has owned and operated Coast Eyecare, PLLC in Pass Christian since 1997. He has volunteered his time performing vision screenings every year since 1998 at St. Paul’s Elementary School, and soon after included Coast Episcopal School. Currently, he offers vision screenings at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School, Coast Episcopal School and Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Bay St. Louis.


Jimmy and Kim are members of Holy Family Catholic Church. They will be married 25 years in December. They have a son, Benjamin, who is a junior at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Queen Christiana 2020

Sally Anne James


Anne James has been involved with St. Paul’s Carnival Association for three decades. She has been a Team Captain and Financial Chairperson for many teams throughout the years. Anne has also served as Chairman of Committees and on the Board of Trustees for the Association, including as President and, currently, Vice President.


Anne's family connection to Carnival stretch as far back as 1931, the association's second year, when her great-great-aunt, Emile Farrell, was Queen.  Anne's father, Wayne James, was Grand Duke in 1966. Other Royalty family members include King Christian LXXII, Harry R. Bishop, and King Christian LXXXIII, Mayor Leo “Chipper” McDermott.


Anne is a lifelong resident of Pass Christian and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  She attended St. Paul Elementary School, graduated from Our Lady Academy and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Anne is an active member of her Parish and in her community. She chairs a booth for the Holy Family Seafood Festival annually and is serving as a Commissioner for the Pass Christian Historical Preservation Committee.


Anne has spent her career in the financial sector and is currently a Vice President for Hancock Whitney Bank, where she has been employed for nine years. She has a son, Cameron, who lives in Boston, MA.

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