The first parade of carnival season in Acadiana is officially in the books.
Hundreds of people packed Historic Downtown New Iberia for the Bayou Mardi Gras Association Parade.
“It’s good to see the people come out and enjoy this parade and enjoy New Iberia,” said float rider Don Romero.
The parade had 18 floats, seven high school marching bands, a band from New Orleans and area royalty.
Parade goers agree: this is a great parade, but they have differing opinions on what their favorite part is.
“The bands and the dancers are,” said Gwen Breaux. “I don’t think there is a favorite part. They’re all good,” said Bob Broussard.
Isabella said, “Getting all kinds of stuff and, like, beads and all kinds of stuff. We get stuffed animals and all kinds of stuff, and I love that! I’m having fun.”
Organizers say every year this parade continues to grow, and it’s all about attracting people to downtown New Iberia. The goal is for parade goers to experience Main Street and everything else the city has to offer.
Michael Wattigny said, “We’ve got fantastic restaurants. We’ve got fantastic stores, bars, nightlife. It all culminates with this parade, and we’re excited to be an attraction to draw people here for that.”