Learning the Mardi Gras ways


BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) “Let the good times roll. Happy Mardi Gras.”

Mardi Gras weekend continued Tuesday with the annual Spanish Town Parade and Downtown Baton Rouge was painted in pink.

The parade’s mascot, which is the flamingo, had some taking full advantage customizing costumes. One reveler took it up a notch by becoming a fan favorite…

 “I love dressing up,” said Chelsea Burruano, “I’m a little obsessed with it. Spanish Town is one of my favorite parades. I love the T-Rex where it looks like you’re an actual T-Rex, so I was like, I’m going all out.”

Revelers were front and center to catch beads, cups, and everything in between. Some even took advantage of a free photo booth right along the parade route.

A common trend among parade goers was the family friendly atmosphere

“We have lots of diversity, culture, and just having a good time. We love to show kindness and talk to everyone. That’s just the kind of people we are.”

“Nobody’s judging each other. Everyone is like the same for one day and that’s my favorite part.”

Many young revelers are being trained early in Mardi Gras etiquette. One person says he will continue the tradition of the unique Louisiana culture that is Mardi Gras…

“I’m only 16 but ever since I was younger my parents always made sure to bring me because this is the best part of Baton Rouge and Louisiana culture, just coming out to Mardi Gras.”

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 25, 2020)

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