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Voodoo dolls and blind refs among the characters at Krewe de Canailles

Posted at 11:25 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 00:25:03-05

Downtown Lafayette transformed into a massive street party Friday night as Krewe de Canailles strolled with lots of bands and creative costumes.

The walking parade has become known for extravagant costumes and unique throws.

This year’s theme was Louisiana folklore.

“We’re poking fun with all of these myths and legends here in Louisiana that people learn throughout their life,” said Krewe de Canailles founder Paul Kieu.

Some krewe members dressed as voodo dolls, blind refs, and ghost brides.

“This is my first time. Yeah, so I joined this group; they’ve done it before. I’m really excited to be here,” said krewe member Stephanie Kizziar.

The krewes were encouraged to come up with memorable throws and not just regular Mardi Gras beads.

“There are no floats, and they come up with ideas like making a bracelet out of acorns,” said parade goer Adella Barry.

People on the parade route said they love this parade because of the interaction they get with the krewe.

“This has been amazing. So much fun, no barricades. We just got to enjoy and interact. It’s been really fun,” said parade goer Elli Comeaux. “I love Louisiana Mardi Gras. This is the best time of the year.”

Krewe members say they’re already looking forward to next year and they can’t wait to start working on their costumes.