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Yardi Gras in New Iberia

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:58:28-05

NEW IBERIA  — The good times are still rolling in New Iberia at the Bayards house, despite the pandemic and the record-breaking cold.

"It was kind of off again, on again because of the weather," says Jason Bayard, New Iberia resident and Yardi Gras host. "Then this morning at nine o'clock I said, you know what... let's do it!"

Jason and his wife, Helen Bayard, decided to invite some friends and neighbors over for a barbeque from whatever they had left in their fridge.

"We're barbequeing fish sticks, left over pizza, hamburgers and corndogs," says Helen Bayard.

The celebration of Yardi Gras began weeks ago when Paul Schexnayder, a good friend and neighbor of the Bayards, brought up the idea. Together they got community members on board to decorate their homes for Mardi Gras and the party began.

Today, these revelers gather in their front yards with friends and family to celebrate the anticipated holiday despite the setbacks.

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