Posted: Feb 10, 2012 5:33 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Feb 10, 2012 6:14 PM
Lafayette's Krewe of Carnival en Rio unloaded boxes and loaded floats ahead of Saturday night's Lafayette parade.
The Krewe of Rio put the finishing touches on floats in their den, unloading pallets of beads and trinkets.
"The people out here put hours and hours in daily. It takes a lot of work, but it is well worth it. We love it," said Rio's Queen Leslie Price.
Rio has been rolling for seven years. Organizers say they never expected it to grow this large.
"When we first started, we had about 18 floats, 350 riders. I never thought we would double the size, the amount of floats, and even the floats have gotten bigger," said Larry Comeaux.
The amount of beads is extraordinary, more than 120 thousand pounds, enough to fill up ten 18 wheelers. That is not including the extras the riders bring. The Krewe will ride on custom built floats that has taken eight months to bring the Brazilian culture to life.
"There is a guarantee you will catch lots of stuffed animals, footballs, not just beads. you'll have a great time," said Price.
Rio is set to roll at 6:30 Saturday night.