LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Southwest Louisiana turned out in full force lining the streets as the Krewe of Krewes Parade rolled through downtown Lake Charles. Many of the revelers had been out all day taking part in the block parties and other festivities before the big parade made it's way down Ryan Street.
More than 60 Mardi Gras krewes participated in this year's parade. Making a lot of noise as they taunted the people on the ground - if they wanted beads they had to be loud.
"There's a lot of crazy people on those floats. We were just hollering throw us something mister," said one parade goer.
"Just screaming and dancing and throwing my hands in the air," said one parade goer.
For others this was first time experience.
"I'm having fun with my grand baby. This was his first time to come to a Mardi Gras parade. I'm catching all the beads and giving them to each of the kids in the front because they aren't throwing them to the little ones in the front. So I'm having to go behind the beads," said one parade goer.
While Fat Tuesday was a holiday for most - others were playing catch up, which can also be fun.
"We got out here about an hour ago and I'm trying to catch as many beads as possible," said one parade goer.
"I only got out here at five o'clock. So I guess I'm kind of behind," said one parade goer.
"We got out here late but we've had a few drinks with friends and are ready to party," said one parade goer.