Revelers endure cold, rain during Mardi Gras - KLFY News 10

Revelers endure cold, rain during Mardi Gras


It wasn't the typical Mardi Gras crowds you see hit the parade route on Fat Tuesday. And for the riders in the Krewe of Gabriel and the Independent Parade, it seems the freezing rain kept the usual influx of parade goers away. But that didn't stop the fun onboard the floats.

"I don't seem too cold," said Shotsie Drewry, who rode in the Independent Parade. "I guess adrenaline kicks in and just the atmosphere and stuff."

But the weather did keep a number of floats from rolling this time around. The Krewe of Gabriel had less than a dozen. For some families, bad weather didn't rain on their parade—all it took was a little preparation and a good attitude.

"We're all thermalled up in ski clothes and my hunting clothes," said Ed LaFleur of Youngsville, who showed up with all his kids.  "I hunt in worse weather than this and so do the kids so it's not a big deal."

One of the perks of toughing out the weather—more beads and less competition. But without the usual crowds, there's bound to be a lot of leftovers.

"We'll just make due and if we don't throw anything out, then we'll save it for next year," said Drewry.

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