Ex-mayor sheds shorts 5 years after Katrina

Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre is introduced by Harrison County American Cancer Society executive director Dennis Warren at a cook-off to benefit the Cancer Society at a VFW hall in Bay St. Louis, Miss., June 5, 2006. Favre has pledged to continue wearing his now-trademark shorts until his town is made whole. (AP Photo/Nicole LaCour Young)

February 2, 2011 7:43:32 AM PST
There was a time when not even the president of the United States could get Eddie Favre to wear pants. Favre lost everything but the clothes he was wearing -- which included Bermuda shorts -- when Hurricane Katrina flattened Mississippi's Gulf Coast in 2005. He was mayor of Bay St. Louis at the time.

Favre vowed then that he would continue wearing shorts instead of long pants until his city was back on its feet. He met visiting President George W. Bush in shorts.

That ended Tuesday -- more than five years and five months later.

The Sun Herald reports Favre showed up at the Harrison County courthouse in long pants. He was testifying as Biloxi's financial expert in a Gulfport annexation trial.

Favre served as mayor for 20 years, but decided not to seek re-election in 2009.