Merchants Parade kicks off Mardi Gras in Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Merchants Parade kicks off Mardi Gras in Lake Charles

(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Despite a little drizzle, the Merchants Parade carried on this evening in Lake Charles.

Revelers gathered roadside to watch the parade, ride on a float, or see how many goodies they could snatch-up.

Today is the official kickoff of Mardi Gras weekend as we begin with the Merchants Parade.

Before things officially begin, floats and troupes take their place behind the Lake Charles Civic Center, adding the final touch to their festive floats.

For veteran Benny Welch, it's his 15th Merchants Parade.

"When we first started out it was my wife and I and my kids. Now it's my wife and I and our grand kids. And I think we even have a couple of great grand kids ha ha," said Welch.

For Matt Pedersen, it's his first time in the parade. And he's using the opportunity to promote his business with the goodies.

"We've been open in business for five years and decided to do this and I think it's a great way to get our name out there even more than it is now," explained Pedersen.

While it's a festivity, it's also about the holiday season.

"Everybody is celebrating, getting ready for the serious holiday that comes up on Tuesday and the next one that comes up on Ash Wednesday," said District Attorney John DeRosier.

And as the sun went down, the lights came on and the music turned up.

And a little drizzle didn't stop the crowds from showing up. Some even had a new use for their umbrellas.

Whether it was royalty, an organization or school, it didn't matter who was on the float, as long as they had something to share. Because everyone's favorite part of the parade is the goods.

"Well I've got a little bit of candy, a lot of beads and some cups," said Keanna Allison.

Revelers of all ages hit the streets, hoping to collect as much as their hands could carry.

And hopefully everyone keeps up the high energies throughout the weekend as the festivities continue.

In total the parade lasted about 30 minutes.

For a list of Mardi Gras events: http://www.kplctv.com/story/24818875/city-of-lake-charles-announces-mardi-gras-events

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice weather for our Monday, then more rain this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice weather for our Monday, then more rain this week

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:59 PM EST2018-02-18 21:59:25 GMT
    Rain likely by the middle of this weekRain likely by the middle of this week

    Tonight, there will be plenty of clouds around, with a few breaks in between. There should not be any rain around us for the night. It will be warm and muggy. Lows tonight are only in the mid 60s. There is also a good chance we will see fog overnight. There is already plenty of fog at the coast, and that should spread further inland overnight. Take caution on the roads in the morning on your commute. Monday should be another dry, but cloudy day. 

    More >>

    Tonight, there will be plenty of clouds around, with a few breaks in between. There should not be any rain around us for the night. It will be warm and muggy. Lows tonight are only in the mid 60s. There is also a good chance we will see fog overnight. There is already plenty of fog at the coast, and that should spread further inland overnight. Take caution on the roads in the morning on your commute. Monday should be another dry, but cloudy day. 

    More >>
  • LC native buys over 200 tickets for community to see Black Panther

    LC native buys over 200 tickets for community to see Black Panther

    Saturday, February 17 2018 7:24 PM EST2018-02-18 00:24:57 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Theaters around the country including right here in Lake Charles are selling out for the movie Black panther.  But for many in the community they got a chance to see the movie for free, thanks to one Lake Charles native.  The mall food court was packed Saturday.  As a large group enjoyed their tea,lemonade, pizza and boudin, but the mall food court wasn't their final stop. Because everyone was headed to the movies to see Black Panther.  Marrion Borden was so e...More >>
    Theaters around the country including right here in Lake Charles are selling out for the movie Black panther.  But for many in the community they got a chance to see the movie for free, thanks to one Lake Charles native.  The mall food court was packed Saturday.  As a large group enjoyed their tea,lemonade, pizza and boudin, but the mall food court wasn't their final stop. Because everyone was headed to the movies to see Black Panther.  Marrion Borden was so e...More >>
  • Captain Daniel Johannes Goos statue unveiled in Lake Charles

    Captain Daniel Johannes Goos statue unveiled in Lake Charles

    Saturday, February 17 2018 4:53 PM EST2018-02-17 21:53:50 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It's been more than five years in the making, but Saturday Captain Daniel Johannes Goos now stands over the lakefront in Lake Charles.  Crowds of people gathered by the Lakefront Promenade this morning all waiting to see the the statue of Captain Daniel Johannes Goos.  "When you mention Captain Daniel Goos you may get he sounds familiar or if you're lucky you get oh like Goosport," said descendant Erik Jessen.

    More >>

    It's been more than five years in the making, but Saturday Captain Daniel Johannes Goos now stands over the lakefront in Lake Charles.  Crowds of people gathered by the Lakefront Promenade this morning all waiting to see the the statue of Captain Daniel Johannes Goos.  "When you mention Captain Daniel Goos you may get he sounds familiar or if you're lucky you get oh like Goosport," said descendant Erik Jessen.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly