THE POST-SIGNAL / Steve Bandy
A float rider tosses a strand of beads to one of the thousands gathered along North Parkerson Avenue for Tuesday’s Carnival d’Acadie Mardi Gras Parade. More highlights on page 10.
Mardi Gras revelry
Thousands turned out for the parade and after-show at the 20th annual Carnival d’Acadie on Tuesday.
Overcast skies and a crisp north breeze kept many revelers indoors during the morning hours, but as the 1 p.m. start time for the parade approached, downtown Crowley from the courthouse to the Enterprise Center was teaming with people.
“That crowd’s every bit as large as it is for the Rice Festival Children’s Parade,” said parade organizer Larry Dubose as the units lined up. “And we have a great parade for them to see — over 30 units and a lot of new floats this year.”
The Krewe de Bayou Chene entry won first place honors in Float Judging Contest with the Krewe de Brew float winning second and the Krewe de Who entry third.
The floats were judged by reigning Crowley royalty.
Led by this year’s Krewe of Town Revelers royalty, King Cimmer LXV Jimmy Broussard and Queen Casey Capel Vercher, the parade rolled northward from the Enterprise Center, circled the Acadia Parish Courthouse and returned to the Center.
Beads and trinkets galore were tossed and caught along the route.
Sponsored by the City of Crowley and the Town Revelers, the annual event kicked off at 10 a.m. with an official welcome from Mayor Tim Monceaux, who then introduced The Vintage Thought Suit Band — also known as Heavy Richard — from Nashville, Tennessee.
The band, fronted by Crowley native John Core, provided an eclectic assortment of music, including original compositions, covers and their own interpretations of popular recordings.
After the parade, hundreds gathered at the parking lot of the Enterprise Center to hear and dance to the tunes of Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns, a fixture at the Crowley Mardi Gras celebration.
The party continued at the Enterprise Center until 5 p.m.