For the second year in row, Mardi Gras in Acadiana kicks off in New Iberia and a former governor will be the Grand Marshal.
“New Iberia is great place with its character its culture and the newly recognized health district in downtown New Iberia.” said Michael Wattigny.
It’s been one year since the Bayou Mardi Gras Association took over carnival season festivities in New Iberia from the Krewe of Andolusia who ended their tradition in 2015.
Wattigny hopes to recapture the magic of their inaugural parade.
“We have nearly two dozen floats, similar to last year. We had an incredible event. The streets were lined 8 deep and it’s all for the community.” said Wattigny.
The Bayou Mardi Gras Association has also selected Former Governor, Kathleen Blanco, who is a New Iberia native to be its Grand Marshal.
“Having Kathleen Blanco as marshal is special because it gives us an opportunity not only to recognize her service and the things she’s done for the state of Louisiana, but also particularly New Iberia.”
The parade rolls through downtown tomorrow at 6pm starting at the corner of Ann and Main street and ending at the corner of Marie and Duperier.