Posted: Feb 3, 2010 6:27 PM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Feb 3, 2010 6:27 PM
The Krewe of Rio is getting the party started early. For the first time, Krewe members took their parade to Women's and Children's Hospital. They greeted sick children who won't be able to see the parade Saturday February 6.
A fuzzy toucan, beauty queen and glittery king and queen strolled down the pediatrics wings, greeting patients with beads, tamborines and rio dolls.
"I'm a kid kinda person so it makes me feel wonderful and I wouldn't miss this for the world," said Wallace Granger, King Pedro V. His six foot four inch frame seemed larger than life with his large hat and feathers. "Gavin was like Mommy look! He liked the big purple feathers," said Katie Melancon. Her five year old son is ready to get back home, but the parade made his hospital stay more fun.
The Krewe wanted to make sure sick kids don't miss out on all the Mardi Gras fun. "I think this really is helping her, she just got her IV put in so this is kinda easing the pain," said parent Michelle Bronner. Her five year old daughter Bailey was still red-eyed after crying about the IV needle.
This hospital visit is a first for the Krewe of Rio. They got the idea from Baccus in New Orleans. It was such a success, they were invited back next year and they're planning to roll again.