DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Two communities in South Louisiana celebrated the Fourth of July a day early with a parade and fireworks.
In the Kenilworth neighborhood, the community held their annual pre-Fourth of July parade. Old-fashioned vehicles, clown cars and floats all decked in red, white and blue rolled down the street.
Trey Ladut, of Watson, hoped to be one of the people driving down the street, but a hose in his truck sprung a leak. However, a little car malfunction could not dampen his spirits.
"It's the point of being out here, having fun and enjoying the weather," Ladut said.
Along the parade route, families lined up, many dressed in flag colors. Gretchen Ducoing was among them. Her family has turned watching the parade into a reunion.
"I come in from Houston, Texas every year," Ducoing said. "We get candy and beads. It's a lot of fun."
Over in Donaldsonville, hundreds of people gathered for a night of festivities, including food, music and more all capped off by fireworks.
Percy Cargo has run the kabob stand at the 3rd of July festival for almost a decade.
"That's it, that's all you need, these shish kabobs. You don't need nothing else," Cargo said.
Other vendors sold funnel cakes, glow in the dark items, and chicken tenders. Over on the dance floor, a Baton Rouge band performed modern hits while young and old alike lit up the dance floor.