LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Whether it’s beads, king cake or a ball, this time of year is dominated by Mardi Gras, but for many, this year just hasn’t been the same.
For one shop in town, Mardi Gras is their peak season, but they say this year is a whole different story.
Party Time on Lake Street claims to be the Mardi Gras headquarters for Southwest Louisiana, and this time of year they’re usually packed. But manager Claire Barger says this year, they haven’t seen that many people stop in to get into the Mardi Gras spirit.
“Twelve days after Christmas, which 12th night kicks, then people start getting stuff for their balls - which nobody’s having balls. So, that doesn’t help either. It’s just not the same.”
Barger says those that do stop in are buying things to decorate their home. A huge contrast from last year’s bead purchases.
They say they are stocked for Mardi Gras, and it may just be too early to tell what sales will look like for the rest of the season.