Thousands pack the streets for Lafayette Mardi Gras celebration

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAFAYETTE, LA (KPLC-TV) - Thousands packed the streets of downtown Lafayette for one of the largest celebrations Mardi Gras celebrations in the state on Fat Tuesday.

Hours before the first parade rolled down the street, folks staked out their spots for the day.

Harold Keys has been coming to Lafayette's Mardi Gras celebration for years.

"I came to have fun and bring the kids," said Harold.

The celebration kicked off with the King's Parade, which honored King Gabriel, the reigning royal figure for the Southwest Mardi Gras Association.

The King's Parade was followed a couple of hours later with Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, which honored King Toussaint L'Ouverture.

Both parades featured dozens of floats as they winded their way through downtown to the Cajun Dome.

Many people also combined their love for Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints, making this year's Mardi Gras all the more special.

"We're [gonna] party," said Tamara Keys. "We're going to continue the Super Bowl party."

Adam Guillotte and Chris Dugal are big Saints fans, and they couldn't help but notice Saintsmania running throughout downtown Lafayette on Fat Tuesday.

"It's been ten days, and we're still hearing Who Dat?," said Dugal, just as a passerby turns and yells "Who Dat?" to him.

After the parades ended, the crowds dispersed to other Mardi Gras celebrations throughout the downtown area. Since the parade route ended at the Cajun Dome, many also visited the Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Field.

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