Mardi Gras

Many Drivers Stuck In Parade Traffic Get Out and Join In

Posted: Feb 17, 2012 10:22 PM by Maddie Garrett
Source: KATC
Updated: Feb 17, 2012 10:29 PM

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Many people in Lafayette were out catching beads at the Friday Night Parade. But there were also those who had different plans for the night, who got to see the parade whether they wanted to or not. That's because for as many beads thrown, there's just as many roads closed. This Friday night, the parade caught driver after driver off guard.

"Slowed down and boom, they closed the road. Had no clue, had no clue," said George Papshvili, as he was on his way home from work.

Driver Norma Antoine didn't have any idea about the parade either, "No I didn't have none, we didn't even know they had a parade going on in this part of the town."

Getting stuck on a busy highway like the Evangeline Thruway is bound to annoy more than a few people.

"They should be more considerate to the residents around here," said Papshvili.

But for others, the roughly hour and a half delay wasn't such a big deal.

"But I'm enjoying it, I get to stop and see the parade," laughed Antoine.

And from the looks of it, you wouldn't even know that April Schawalbach and her companions were also stuck in the back up. The three travelers were right out front by the barricades cheering and catching beads. They said they were caught completely off guard by the floats in their path.

"It's like "oh my gosh, there's a parade, it's Mardi Gras let's go let's run!" So (we) jumped out of the car," said Schawalbach.

Schawalbach was on her way to Houma from Houston when they got stuck. She, like many other trapped travelers, decided if you can't beat them, you might as well join them.

"And we still have over an hour to go, we said what the heck might as go now, let's go and have fun. Let's turn this night into a fun night," she said.

And come Monday and Tuesday, Lafayette will have many more road closures and detours. So drivers should plan ahead an alternate route, or just go out and join the fun.

Topics: Mardi Gras, Parade, Traffic, Drivers, Stuck

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