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Middlebrook's family says "thank you" to community by leading Queen's Parade

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The Queen's parade Monday paid tribute to fallen Lafayette Police officer Corporal Michael Middlebrook and his family.

Middlebrook's family led the parade, saying it is the family's way of saying "thank you" to the community.

Corporal Middlebrook's wife and daughters lead the queen's parade, throwing beads and waving to people in the crowd.

"My kids are having fun, everyone's having fun and we're having a good time," said Adrienne Middlebrook.

Her older daughter was riding in the back throwing beads while her younger ones were waving from the window, yelling, "Happy Mardi Gras!" to everyone.

"Tonight's fun because I know my husband, he would've been out here and working somewhere along the routes," said Middlebrook.

Escorting the family was the Lafayette Police Chief along with other Lafayette Parish officials.

"I thought what better way than a mardi gras parade [to thank the community]. The kids can come and have a good time, throw some beads. Everybody along the route can see them," said Police Chief Toby Aguillard.

It's been about four months since Cpl. Middlebrook was killed while responding to a call at a convenience store.     

Regardless of the time that has passed, the Lafayette community is still remembering and honoring his work and sacrifice.

Monday night, spectators were seen holding flags along the parade route.

"We're here to honor the police officer and his wife because he's gone but never forgotten. And we have a great friend who is a police officer and so we're here to support her as well," said Candice Guthrie who was at Johnston Street and University with flags along with 40 other friends and family showing support for the Middlebrook family.

Seeing the community waving back at them brought a smile to Middlebrook's face.

"We just wanted to thank everybody and all the community for all their continued support and this has been fun tonight."

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