It’s crunch time. Mardi Gras is less than a week away and many are putting the finishing touches to months of planning.
Krewe of Bonaparte gives us an inside look at what it takes to make Mardi Gras parade magic happen.
“To ride down the parade route and see the crowds of people come out, there’s really nothing like that.”
Just imagine these 29 floats filled with more than 800 riders rolling down Johnston Street Saturday night for the Krewe of Bonaparte parade. It’s a record amount of riders.
Ryan Marine is a co-chair for the parade and says, “The theme this year is Louisiana Saturday night so all of the floats go off of that theme.”
A lot of hard work happens between then and now.
Greg Grace is the owner of Beads for Less Mardi Gras store. His company was hired for all the krewe’s custom parade beads and throws as well as loading them on the floats beforehand. “I don’t think people realize and understand the work that goes into and the money, these people spend a lot of money and a lot of effort by Bonaparte.”
With this krewe breaking their own records they’re trying to take this year’s parade to the next level.
Grace says, “This year they went with about 8 or 10 signature throws, light up items. They also have a lot of signature beads.”
Marine says, “There’s certainly an economic benefit to Lafayette. As a krewe, we throw somewhere between half a million dollars worth of beads and throws.”
The throws and beads are just one part in the months of planning and hard work. It all comes together Saturday March 2, 6:30 p.m. at Pontiac Point in downtown Lafayette.
Grace says, “It’s a lot of work, it really is a lot of work but it’s all worth it in the end.”