Food drives Lafayette’s Fat Tuesday tradition

For Lafayette residents, food is key to Mardi Gras

LAFAYETTE, La. (WAFB) - People attending King Gabriel’s parade are rarely left dissatisfied. Hands clamoring for beads are filled and eager ears’ desires for local music are fulfilled.

But there is an insatiable appetite that commands families to return year after year.

Behind waving arms and metal barricades that guide old floats to downtown Lafayette, there are dozens of master chefs. These people are local tailgaters who rely on family recipes to feed empty stomachs.

On each city block, a new scent sticks to the collared shirts: pork at the beginning of the route, poultry at the end.

“They just like to have the taste of the seasoning and the juiciness of the meat," young Dalasia Helaire said, describing the cooks in her own family.

Most families at the parade have attended King Gabriel’s parade for generations. The food is a tradition made by brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends.

“Being together and seeing our family every once in a while and showing love," Helaire said.

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