Mar 5, 2014 4:55 AM by Steven Albritton
Even with many areas of King Gabriel's parade route without people to catch beads, those who did come out in the weather made sure to make it one to remember. Mari Masotti is in the U.S. Air Force and has been stationed around the world. The Lafayette native was finally able to make it back for Mardi Gras for the first time in 24 years.
"I absolutely love being back. I don't care about the weather. It's not very appealing weather, but we're here! We're going to have fun! I'm here with my sisters! It's awesome," Masotti said.
The kids didn't mind the rain one bit. They bundled up with extra layers and were ready for the big moment when the parade arrived. For at least one of those kids, she set a lofty goal for when Gabriel's parade finally rolled passed.
"I'm going to catch 100 beads," 6-year-old Madeline Miller said.
With the crowd lacking, Madeline's goal was within reach. She even got a big boost in her quest for 100 when she was given a large bag of beads during the parade. As for Masotti, a 20 year absence from Mardi Gras finally came to an end. Dressed in her tutu, she was right up front as both beads, and rain, came falling from the sky.
"It's awesome! This is the spirit of Acadiana!Laissez les bons temps rouler," Masotti said.