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New Roads hosted the second-longest running parade in Louisiana. The 94th annual Pointe Coupee Community Center Parade rolled at 11 a.m. Tuesday before thousands of revelers.
The costumes, the music, and the royalty are what make Mardi Gras is all about. But long before the festive floats roll, revelers in New Roads have d ropped their tailgates and fired up their pits.
Chester Burnett's miniature grill came in handy this Fat Tuesday.
"I'm cooking light today. Hamburger patties, sausage and chicken wings. Normally we would have full chickens and ribs," Burnett said.
Burnett said he kept it simple this year so that he could join in the fun.
For some, Mardi Gras takes a little planning. No one knows that better than perhaps New Roads native Tootsie Lacour. She has learned sometimes you have got to get creative to get some of the fancier throws. Her lucky charm this year was three-foot stuffed Looney Tunes character Sylvester.
"I bought this at The Purple Cow for 99 cents. I just thought I'd bring him along, more fun for Pointe Coupee and New Roads. I'm drawing a lot of attention, and I'm catching beads too," Lacour said.
If you look beyond the colorful beads, hand decorated floats, and masks, you will discover what people in New Roads truly treasure about the holiday.
"What I like best about Mardi Gras is to be with my grandma and grandpa," Maleea Brew said.
Family is the reason many people said they keep coming back to New Roads. Even the youngest revelers, it seems, have caught the spirit.
"Happy Mardi Gras, everyone."
The Pointe Coupee Community Center Parade was followed by the Lion's Club Parade. This year's theme was, Scenes from American History.