The parade planning will be in full effect over the next couple of weeks, as New Iberia prepares to lead off the Mardi Gras festivities by hosting the first Mardi Gras Parade of 2019 in Acadiana. The Bayou Mardi Gras Association met last week with parade sponsors and it’s Grand Marshal.
Sponsors for this year’s parade include the City of New Iberia and both Arceneaux Ford and Musson Patout Automotive Group. The two New Iberia automotive dealerships have partnered together to keep the parade rolling. Both Arceneaux Ford and Musson Patout Automotive will provide the vehicles and drivers who will pull parade floats.
Serving as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 parade will be Louisiana State Representative and Speaker of the House, Taylor Barras. The first Grand Marshals were Andy Solieu and David Wormser, who were instrumental in planning and organizing the Andalusia Parade in years past. The 2018 parade was led by Grand Marshal, former Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Speaker Barras was chosen as Grand Marshal by the Bayou Mardi Gras Association for his contributions to Iberia Parish.
The third annual Bayou Mardi Gras Association Parade will roll through the historic Downtown New Iberia on Saturday, February 9, beginning at 6:00 pm. The parade will start at the Main Street – Ann Street intersection, cross the Jefferson Street Bridge, travel down Front Street and finishing in City Park.