LAFAYETTE — This past year we've grown accustomed to doing a bit more at home. Celebrating Mardi Gras is no exception. Lafayette's Krewe de Canailles brought the celebration to front yards across Lafayette.
Forty-five homes and businesses decorated their yards with the theme "Oh the Places We Didn't Go."
"It's not Mardi Gras as we know it, but its fun. It's an interesting alternative," Sarah Declouet said from the back of her Krewe's limo.
From everyday places, special events, and canceled vacations, people got into the Mardi Gras spirit. On Oaklawn Ave, two Dolly Partons danced around 'Dollywood.'
"We got two kids, we always wanted to take them to Dollywood. This year we didn't get to, so we're bringing Dollywood here," Craig Biddy explained.
Biddy's wife says they were supposed to check out the Tennessee attraction, but were unable to because of COVID-19.
"At the beginning of 2020, we thought that would be a good summer vacation because his family lives in Georgia so it would be close," Charly Bradford said. "Then the pandemic hit."
Biddy says they walk in Krewe de Canailles' parade every year. This year the family wouldn't let a pandemic ruin the fun.
"I love it, we're all choosing to have this party together," Biddy said.
Down the street, their neighbor Carey Hamburg finished the McGrew Zoo right before people started driving around to see the scenes. He says it's something he has been working on for hours.
"Oh a couple weekends. Nights while I'm watching TV. Friends came to help. I'd be afraid to add that all up," Hamburg said of the effort.
Not everyone had to decorate their yard. Some chose to ride around in style.
"We got snacks, we got drinks, it's Yardi Gras! We're just out having fun on a Friday!"
More Mardi Gras 2021 information can be found at KATC.com/MardiGras.