Mardi Gras

Feb 24, 2014 11:24 PM by Steven Albritton

Krewe of Rio Racing The Clock To Repair Floats

The Krewe of Rio is hard at work getting their floats back in working order after a Sunday morning storm damaged many of their floats. 23 out of 24 floats were damaged after straight line winds tore through Cajun Field where the floats were parked after Saturday night's parade. One float was destroyed. Monday, the work was already underway to get those floats ready to roll though the streets of Lafayette.

Crews worked all day Monday and around 40 members of the Krewe of Rio showed up after their own full day at their other jobs. Right now, the goal is to beat the clock. It was all hands on deck as Rio members assessed damage from Sunday's storm. Nearly every float was damaged, but many of these floats are scheduled to roll in more parades in the coming days.

"We have a commitment and that is to our partner Bonaparte for their parade this coming Saturday night," Krewe of Rio Governor Blane Comeaux said "So, we went to work right away prioritizing the damage."

Two of the most heavily damaged floats will need new wood paneling and some welding to repair metal beams.

"It'll be a late night but it'll get done," float builder Tony Krieg said.

This freak storm isn't keeping the Krewe of Rio down. They are committed to making sure the good times keep rolling for everyone this Mardi Gras season.

"For the Krewe of Bonaparte to be able to use the floats, but (for us) just making sure that our floats are taken care of and ready to roll again," Rio member Scott Gauthreaux said.

"It doesn't matter what position you hold in your day job, when you get here you're a worker. I guess the spirit and commitment of the Krewe, the volunteerism of people shows up and everyone's ready to help," Comeaux said.

With the repairs happening all week, bead loading day for the Krewe of Bonaparte will be pushed back by one day to Friday. After just one day of work on the floats all of the electrical systems to the lights and sound systems are back in working order and they are one step closer to being parade ready.

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