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A peek at the workers behind the Mardi Gras floats

Business started in Lafayette in 1998
Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 19:21:12-05

Parade season is in full swing and one float company is feeling the heat that comes with the demand of Mardi Gras.

Dennis Talbot started his float making business back 1998.

"We start off with just a plain trailer and it takes us about two weeks to build one," said owner Dennis Talbot.

Over the years his business has grown from just two floats, to now having nine in rotation.

"All nine will leave Friday and will come back Saturday afternoon. We'll have three or four going to Church Point. Then they will drop them off them Monday morning and we'll get them ready for Tuesday" said Talbot.

It may seem like it takes an army, but Talbot says right now it's just three of them, including longtime friend Johnny Helaire.

Before Mardi Gras comes to an end, Dennis and his staff are already booking floats for the following year.

With little time to recover, the guys behind the floats say it's all worth it because of the end result.

"Keeping the tradition going," said associate Johnny Helaire. "Keeping the kids safe, they're on the floats. Just having a good time."