Feb 21, 2014 8:18 AM by Kristen Holloway
The Mardi Gras parades will officially be in full swing starting today.
Lafayette's Krewe of Carnivale en Rio will roll down the streets of the hub city tomorrow night. We spoke with this years Rio king, he says the parade floats and beads are even bigger and better than last year.
Rio is know for it's vivid colors, carnival music, and of course beads! Rio is one of Lafayette's largest parades with more than 650 riders. This years king, Lawrence Svendson says they never expected it to grow this large.
"We've got 22 floats, which we're really excited about and we've got about $300,000 thousand dollar worth of beads that we're ready to toss out to screaming fans for the rio parade on sat," said Svendson.
The amount of beads this krewe will throw is extraordinary.
Rio really takes a lot of pride in the beads that they order, we order great beads," said Svendson. "The beads are color coordinated to the floats and the floats all have themes and we take the parade very seriously."
Organizers added something new this year to the parade with a little help from the radio.
"Callers were able to call in and two lucky winners will ride in the parade and be provided with beads so its going to be a great thing for them, its really a lot of fun," said Svendson.
Svendson says no matter the technique of the throw, its all about the beads.
"In my hand they're worthless and in someone else hand they're worthless but in the air they're priceless and so everybody wants a great set of beads and Rio prides its self in having a great parade," said Svendson.
Rio kicks off at 6:30p.m. To see a detail list of all the Mardi Gras parades and events in Acadiana this weekend, click on the Mardi Gras 2014 icon on this website.