The Spanish Town Parade rolls through Baton Rouge

Spanish Town 2016 rolls through Baton Rouge
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Red Stick's most notorious parade made its way through downtown Saturday afternoon.

The Spanish Town parade, which is known for its extravagant and often risqué floats and costumes, celebrated its 36th year with a "pink party" theme. Nearly 50 floats rolled through the city.

"It's just electric. It doesn't matter if it's raining or its cold. You're so electrified with everything that's going on. It's a great day," said Louise Constantino. She has attended the parade since its first year.

The celebration ramped up long before the floats began to roll. One group started things off with a line dance.

"We all grew up in Louisiana. We all had purple, green, and gold things all our lives, so the whole pink thing is new and we're loving it," said parade-goer Anna Broussard.

A group of Canadians were among those cheering for beads. They visited South Louisiana specifically for the parade.

"Last year we were in New Orleans, someone told us about this parade, so this year we're doing this parade," said Lynn Heroux, who traveled in from Windsor, Ontario. "The pink, the costumes, the energy, people - it's just southern hospitality rocks."

Although this is the last parade in downtown Baton Rouge for the Carnival 2016 season, the Mardi Gras celebrations continue throughout south Louisiana. The full list can be found here.

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