Feb 22, 2014 10:53 PM by Kari Beal
Mardi Gras is almost here and the good times are ready to roll. The 2014 Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade kicked off Saturday evening, but not without some major prep work. Parade participants got dolled up at Jefferson Street Pub.
"There was lots of hours with preparation with design of the costume, the beading process,, the hair today, the makeup," participant Nandi Linscombe said.
With "Top Secret Agents" the theme, Linscombe went as Octopussy from the James Bond films. The Krewe Rio Queen said there was a lot to look forward to in this parade.
"I'm looking forward to seeing all the revelers; the ones I know and even the ones I don't because everyone has just been so nice," Krewe Rio Queen Prissy Whatley Wilson said.
Of course, one of the best part of the parade is throwing the beads.
"Sometimes it's hard to decide who to throw beads to because people are screaming. I'm a sucker for the small kids. I will always throw to kids and I like to throw beads to people in the back who aren't paying attention," Krewe Rio King Lawrence Svendson said.
More than a half a million dollars worth of beads were loaded on 24 floats.
This is the biggest Rio parade in history, with more than 600 people participating.
As the parade began, adults and children alike reached to the skies and snatched as many beads as possible. For some, too many to count
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven......I don't know," Parade goer I'loniee said.
"The crew has been very special. It's been a great opportunity to be King. I've made some lifelong friends; it's just been a great year," Lawrence said.