Revelers prepare for Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town parade

Spanish Town revelers making last minute preps

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Friday, Feb. 21 was the final day for people in Spanish Town to prepare for their annual Mardi Gras parade, which rolls Saturday at 12 p.m.

On Saturday, the Spanish Town area is going to be packed with thousands of people ringing in the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Town parade. This year’s theme is “Hiney Sight is 2020.”

People WAFB spoke with Friday say they’ve been getting ready for the big day for months now.

“Oh goodness, well it’s been going on for a month. You just buy, buy, buy, everything pink you can find,” said Gail Nettles, a Spanish Town parade reveler.

Temporary fences line people’s yards, and the signature flamingos are everywhere. All to turn a little part of Baton Rouge pink on Saturday, Feb. 22, for the biggest block party of the year.

“We start the day off with a cup of coffee, biscuit, and a Jell-o shot. And it’s downhill from there,” said Debbie Daniel, a Spanish Town resident.

About 75 floats will take part in the 40th annual Spanish Town parade, with their ‘Hiney Sight 2020’ theme.

“We (Spanish Town Krewe) said, hindsight is 2020, which is an old saying from way back, and then we started thinking, well that won’t fit Spanish Town so what about hiney sight? We said, okay we like that,” said Robert King, a Spanish Town krewe member for 38 years.

Almost all the neighbors are having a party with 50, to hundreds of their closest friends to watch the floats rolls by.

“And we start at 7 o’clock in the morning, and we probably don’t finish until 6 or 7 o’clock at night,” said Anne Woods, a Spanish Town resident.

"We have ice chests full of bloody mary's, screwdrivers, and then her spiked punch," said Josie Panula, a resident.

"What is in this spiked punch?' questioned WAFB’s Lester Duhe.

"Orange juice, any white liquor I have in the cabinet, Hawaiian punch," said Debbie Daniel.

"We'll probably have about 50 people here tomorrow in my little pink house, so should be interesting to say the least," said Nettles.

The parade starts in front of the capitol, rolling through Spanish Town and parts of downtown, and ending on River Road.

Reminder, signs are out warning drivers no parking on the parade route Saturday or Sunday.

“You’ll see tomorrow, some of the floats will be, good idea. I can’t believe they came up with that,” said King.

Residents say they’re just anxious and excited to get their favorite day of the year underway.

“We always go oh my gosh it’s coming again. But once the day comes and it’s getting going we’re all excited,” said Panula.

"She (Josie) said a little bit ago, I'm just ready for this to be over. But then hey, she's up and then she's at it," said Daniel.

BRPD will start towing vehicles at 6 a.m. Saturday, February 22.

And officers will start clearing the roadways of the parade route at 10 a.m.

The Spanish Town parade rolls Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.
The Spanish Town parade rolls Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. (Source: Krewe of Spanish Town)

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