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New Krewe in Rayne brings new style

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RAYNE, La. -

Rayne has a brand new Mardi Gras Krewe, and they're getting ready for their very first parade.
High school students are taking a prominent role in making this parade and making the Krewe stand out.

"You know it's a new beginning because we try to make it bigger. A new generation. A new style, new look," explained Rayne High School student, Darien Harmon 

And, that's why this new Krewe is called "The Krewe of Nu Beginning."
This krewe hopes to give Rayne something it's never seen before.

"We a very small town. We don't have many things to do here. We're thinking this Mardi Gras celebration will bring more people, and all of them to see the hard work these men put into these costumes," explained "Krewe de Nu Beginning" board member, Keel Charles

Darien and Nakil Harmon are part of a sub-Krewe called the "Black Indian Nation."
They say they've spent eight months working on these elaborate costumes.

"It's a Native American thing, you know. There's an article about the situation," explained Rayne High School student, Nakil Harmon

"See it started from Native Indians who came and helped free the slaves. And, that's what it's all about. They came about making noises to give signals to the slaves to be free," explained Darien Harmon

And, for the adults putting on the parade, they're proud to see the city's youth help the Krewe live up to its name.

"It makes things better to our youngsters. To our kids. Make things more fun than it is to have violence coming. And, those so much you can do with your. Keeping them busy. Letting them know that we're bringing everyone to our small town of Rayne to really enjoy themselves," explained Krewe de Nu Beginning - Board Member, Ludy Bellard 

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