Posted: Feb 20, 2012 5:56 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Feb 20, 2012 6:12 PM
Mindy Barousse and her family have been camped at Cajun Field since Thursday night.
"We spend the night here and stay the whole time," she said.
She's been setting up her camper since "Le Festival de Mardi Gras" came to town 17 years ago. She's watched it grow from just a few tailgaters to hundreds.
"The best thing is watching the kids having such a good time and even the adults acting like little kids," said Charlie Albarado, who's camper trailer is set up a few away from Barousse.
"It used to be just this street now it's the whole Cajun Field parking lot," said Barousse.
For Mindy...there's no better way to watch the parades.
"We can hear the bands from here. We don't have to set up at the fence we can just continue to have fun as the parades roll," she said.
And even during this weekend's rough weather, they stayed put.
"It didn't stop us. We still watched everything, people still came out and were cooking!"
Mindy says Mardi Gras just wouldn't be the same without tailgating. She hopes this is a tradition her kids will continue for generations to come.