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Smaller crowd and culture attracts revelers to Loreauville Mardi Gras

Posted: 7:39 PM, Feb 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-25 23:10:08-05

Several floats rolled around Grand Marais and down Main Street in Loreauville on Mardi Gras Day.

Parade-goers told KATC they come because it's barricade-free, close to home, and a smaller crowd.

"It's family-friendly is all I can say. Because I have kids, so I don't like trouble," said one reveler, Wendy Broussard-Marks.

Franklin marching bands led the floats in Grand Marais, while floats in Loreauville followed several queens.

The lack of barricades wasn't stopping residents from enjoying the festivities, but safety was a high priority.

Harrison Welcome, Jr. said his granddaughter will, "keep me on my toes. That's going to keep me alert at all times. Even though we don't have barricades, I'll look out for her and other children so that they don't get hurt."

Another celebrator, Wendy Marks, said the only fight she has seen at the Loreauville parade is over which football team her group represents.

Pointing to chairs that featured Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, Marks explained, "There's a divide, but the Saints always win."