BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The decades old tradition of the Spanish Town parade rolling through Baton Rouge didn't stop just because of a little cloudy weather and rain.
"Come hot, cold, rain or sunshine... it doesn't matter. It's Louisiana, you never know what kind of weather we'll get down here," Londie Lejeune, a parade-goer.
Thousands turned out for the 37th annual Spanish Town parade Saturday afternoon. Many parade watchers show up for the fashion.
"I just love dressing up and having a good time," Lejeune said. "We come out here every year to celebrate."
Parade-goers could easily be identified as veteran bead catchers and throw retrievers.
"I'm a deeply religious man," Richard Bewley said. "Mardi Gras is one of my most sacred holidays."
And what's a good Spanish Town parade without the periodical float that pushes the limit? However, for many people in the crowd, that's what the Capital City's biggest parade is all about.
"There's a certain amount of nastiness to Spanish Town no matter what the weather is like," Bewley said. "They've always been irreverent and political and cross the line of good taste. I commend them for it."