Mardi Gras weekend continued with the annual Spanish Town parade and downtown Baton Rouge was painted in pink.
The parade’s mascot which is the flamingo had some taking full advantage customizing costumes for the while one reveler took it up a notch becoming a fan favorite with a full flamingo costume.
“I love dressing up. I’m a little obsessed with it. Spanish Town is one of my favorite parades. I love the T-Rex where it looks like you’re an actual T-Rex so I was like I’m going all out,” says Chelsea Borruano.
Revelers were front and center to catch beads, cups, and everything in between and some took advantage of a free photo booth right along the parade route.
A common trend among parade goers they said was the family friendly atmosphere.
“We have lots of diversity, culture, and just having a good time. We love to show kindness and talk to everyone.That’s just the kind of people we are,” Andrea Vicknair says.
“Nobody’s judging each other. Everyone is like the same for one day and that’s my favorite part,” says Rachael Welther.
Many young revelers are being trained early in Mardi Gras etiquette and one says he will continue the tradition of the unique Louisiana culture that is Mardi Gras.
“I don’t know there’s so much excitement going on,” says Alex Plummer who watches her parents in the parade every year.
“I’m only 16 but ever since I was younger my parents always made sure to bring me because this is the best part of Baton Rouge and Louisiana culture, just coming out to Mardi Gras,” Ryan Ferguson says about his growing up in the city and what enjoys the most.
This years theme was “Hiney Sight is 2020.”