The 2019 Mardi Gras Season is officially underway in Lafayette. The Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association and the Lafayette Consolidated Government held their annual flag-raising to initiate the Mardi Gras Season in Lafayette.
“We love to participate in it. We make it family friendly, and of course, it’s a huge boost to the economy. So, Mardi Gras season is here now. It’s official and we’re looking forward to it,” said Mayor-President of the Lafayette Consolidated Government.
He joined the historic Mardi Gras Association at Lafayette City Hall. The association has put on parades since 1934. The board of volunteers produces and coordinate the City Ball, help secure floats, hire marching bands and more. President John Swift said there’s a lot in store this year.
“It’s going to begin on the Saturday before Mardi Gras with the children’s parade around noon, then we have another parade that evening after the queen’s parade that Monday. Tuesday is the big day,” he said thrilled with excitement
In 2018, some rainy parade days affected the turn-out. While hoping the season looks a lot like today’s weather, Mayor-President Robideaux is certain- no matter what, the public will remain in the spirit.
“We all grew up going to those parades and then bringing our children to the parades and I think people will weather the storm,” he said.
The Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade on February 22 is the first parade of the season in Lafayette Parish.