Small town parades, big hit for family fun for Mardi Gras in St. Mary Parish

Mardi Gras 2016: Morgan City
Krewe of Hephaestus in Morgan City (Source: WAFB)
Krewe of Hephaestus in Morgan City (Source: WAFB)

ST. MARY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Parades in Franklin and Morgan City Tuesday showcased family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations.

Many small children rode on floats including 16 grandchildren of Krewe of Sucrose King William Patout III.

"We have a very, very nice town, very interesting town and extremely nice people in Franklin," said Patout.

Those warm qualities were showcased Tuesday. A police officer leading the parade could be seen stopping to hug people along the route.

The Krewe of Hephaestus in Morgan City said Mardi Gras in St. Mary is "home grown."

"It's just an awesome experience for families," said King Robert Bourgeois. "We just love doing this year after year. It's a lot of fun. And I wouldn't give it up for anything"

Tuesday was Bourgeois' first year as Hephaestus king. He threw beads and along with his queen, gave a champagne toast to people along the route.

"We love it. It's fun of every year. I've been a member for years now," said Sissy Cheramie, Queen of the Krewe of Hephaestus. "My parents have been members for probably over 40 years."

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