“This is about Cajun Country, Cajun Country.”
Parades are rolling across Louisiana, but there’s just something about Lafayette’s three Mardi Gras Day parades.
Rhonda Trahan is from out of town, this is her first Mardi Gras. She says, “The music, the Cajun.”
Nanci Clark visits from Baton Rouge every year, she says, “The atmosphere.”
Kathryn Long who joins Trahan is visiting family from North Carolina. This is also her first time experiencing Mardi Gras. Long says, “I just think it’s the camaraderie of the people.”
Making it worth braving the cold.
Clark family tailgates throughout the day. She says, “This is what we do, we come out here and have fun and party and just have a good time.”
Especially for people experiencing their first Mardi Gras like Long and Trahan. Both ladies say, “We want to have fun we wanted to see what it was about the adventure.”
The day allows locals like Debbie Navarre to yell…”Throw me something Mister!”
For first timers Trahan and Long, the day is filled with darting from airborne beads. Long says, “I almost got whacked in the head not paying attention she’s got a good hand.”
Either way, the long day makes for a lifetime of memories.
Trahan says, “Hey junior, Ashlyn, Summer, momma! I’m coming home with some beads baby.”
The Mardi Gras day fun even has Long and Trahan planning for their next visit. “I’m definitely coming back I’m going to wrangle the rest of my family to come back down here.”
To learn more about how you can donate beads to get recycled for next year, click here.