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Krewe of Carnivale en Rio kicks off parade season in Lafayette

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It's a wrap for the Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade in Lafayette!

KATC's Marcelle Fontenot, one of Rio's "Prime Time" Grand Marshals, made an appearance on the Governor's Float, which was the first float in the Mardi Gras parade. 

The evening parade, known for its bright lights and colorful floats, begins downtown before making its way to Johnston Street and finishing on N College Road near Cajunfield. 

"This year, we have [beads] that light up, we have stuffed animals, and of course, the puffer balls that light up, the bouncy balls, the different throws... And then each float has a theme and color, so depending on what the float is, the beads will be coordinated with that float, besides the classic pearl beads we throw every year," said Krewe of Rio King Vernon Moret. 

KATC's Float Finders will once again be tracking the Mardi Gras parades in Lafayette, keeping parade-goers informed with where the first float is as the parade rolls and posting photos along the way. Click here to join the party! 

Caroline Lukes, who is an original member of the Krewe of Rio, says the spirit of Mardi Gras in Lafayette is representative of the kind of people who live here. 

"We know how to party. We know how to have fun. We know how to work hard, but we play hard! So, this is a culmination for us of working hard, and this is our little retreat," said Lukes.

The last "float" of the parade was a truck and trailer alongside over 40 pedestrian volunteers collecting those unwanted Mardi Gras throws and any trash on the roads. 

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