Parade attendees brave winds during South Downs parade

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Mont Johnson grew up in Louisiana but never had the chance to experience this.

“This is really exciting to finally be on the float and get to throw and participate and see it from the other side.”

He said, for months he’s been preparing for his ride in south downs

“We’re throwing a mixture of beads and stuffed animals, plush toys. A little bit of everything, Frisbee, anything we can get our hands on” said Johnson.

The family friendly parade brought fun to several communities, featuring several floats, music and these women. A dance group who said, the south downs parade is one of the best, keeping them coming back year after year.

“So we do it every year. Every year, how many years have you been doing it? I’ve been doing it, this is my fourth year but some of the ladies have been a good twenty years.”

Throughout the night, dancers and float riders braved the winds just to put smiles on the faces of children.

“We have all types of beads to throw and staying warm. Moving around, staying warm.”

While some said the winds were a little problem, others said, there’s no weather concerns when it comes to having fun during the Mardi Gras season.

“It doesn’t matter that it’s cold because what? We’re hot!”

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