Lafayette

Feb 8, 2013 11:53 PM by Erin Steuber

Annual Friday Night Parade in Lafayette Kicks off Mardi Gras Weekend

The annual Friday Night Parade in Lafayette kicks off the weekend's parades. This is the biggest year ever for the parade with 21 floats, and about 10 krewes along for the ride. Lafayette kicked off the weekend in style. For some, like Troy Lambert, it's his first time riding in a parade, and is excited to ride with the Krewe of Triton.

"My wife used to ride in parades and she told me how exciting and how fun it actually was," said Lambert. "So I'm excited to actually start, and get this going, and see what it's all about."

For others, like Jeff Moreau, he has been riding all his life, and says there is nothing better than seeing the parade from the perspective of the float.

"It's awesome being in the crowd. But to put smiles on kids faces by throwing them a teddy bear, throwing them beads, or you know, whatever the novelty throw is," said Moreau. "It just lights up not only the kids, but the parents, and it's just part of a really unique tradition in Acadiana."

Every year Service Chevrolet sponsors drivers, donating $3,000 to the boy scout troop who volunteers. This year Amy Theobald is behind the wheel for the first time. She was excited to see the parade from a different perspective, while raising money for her son's troop.

"It's pretty awesome because it gives us a chance to earn some easy money and see all the great sights at the same time," said Theobold. "I can't wait to see everyone on the sidelines and see what crazy stunts they're going to pull for the beads."

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