PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - The sounds of construction pour from a new warehouse in Plaquemine, La. Paint flies on the walls and floors, and lights flicker like Christmas. But while we're busy wrapping up our holiday shopping and planning our Christmas feasts, these builders are already two holidays ahead.
It's a little more work than Earl Comeaux and his brother Ralph had planned for the season. "We've been at Mardi Gras for six months now," says Ralph, sandwiched between two huge Mardi Gras floats. It's the Krewe of Comogo's third year, and this year, the krewe is scaling things up. For the first two years of Plaquemine's only nighttime parade, the krewe rented floats from New Orleans. This year, Earl has a warehouse full of his own creations – 13 double-decker floats, brand new from the ground up.
Weather tried to put a damper on the first two Comogo parades, but the krewe rolled through the rain in 2012, and frost last year. Earl is hoping the new floats will please the carnival gods and they will smile on this year's parade.
In the center of it all is Earl's sister's float. Brenda is the reason for all this. "The krewe was formed in honor of my sister who passed away from cancer in 2009." Earl says. Brenda lived for Mardi Gras. Earl says she dreamed of a Plaquemine Mardi Gras so grand that it rivaled those in New Orleans. This year, Earl pulled out all the stops, building his own floats from scratch and hiring New Orleans artist Rene Pierre to paint them.
"This all has a purpose for us." Earl says, "My brothers and I, we're doing it for our sister." And they will race through this holiday to make sure Brenda's favorite is special, even if it is two holidays down the road.