Crowds lined the streets from Pontiac Point to Cajun Field to catch beads and throws at the Queen’s Parade in Lafayette.
“I love Mardi Gras.” said Betty Lowry who carried a sign displaying her love.
She has also passed down that enthusiasm to her family.
“My children now like it. They are in the krewes and they are riding in the parades and its wonderful.” said Lowry
For many it’s a celebration steeped in tradition
“We’re having a blast, me and my step mom. We’ve been doing this since the 70s. Happy Mardi Gras.” said David George.
Don’t forget about the marching bands.
“The kids enjoy it. It’s always fun to perform at home where the kids get to see their parents and the parents see the band perform.” said Alex Thomas, Northside High School Band Director.
The beads are always a favorite.
“We whistling and they throwing.(whistle sound). You see. Look at that. You whistle and they throw.” said George.
“Everything that’s flying. I’m getting it.” said Anna Broussard.
It’s these combination of things that make Mardi Gras so special in Lafayette.
“The people, the love, the togetherness, the food.” said George.
“I’m enjoying myself a lot even though my fingers are all cold…But I’m good.” said Broussard.
“It’s just a time to have fun, relax and not worry about anything.” said Lowry.
The festivities in Lafayette conclude tomorrow … beginning at 10 a-m with King Gabriel’s parade