A rainstorm that turned into a downpour along with cold temperatures and a brisk wind kept most of the Lundi Gras crowds at home for the Queen’s Parade, but the revelers who stayed were not disappointed.
Float riders tried to keep dry by covering themselves in plastic or by wearing ponchos, as did many of the high school band members who marched with vigor and played despite the weather. The parade’s queen and her court held umbrellas in one hand and tossed beads with the other to the still enthusiastic but sparse crowd.
Three parades are scheduled to roll through Lafayette on Fat Tuesday.
King Gabriel’s parade starts at 10 a.m., the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival parade at 1 p.m. and the Independent parade at 2 p.m.
Le Festival de Mardi Gras at Cajun Field also will be underway from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Opelousas, Crowley, Jeanerette, Franklin, Coteau, Kaplan, Morgan City and Loreauville will celebrate Mardi Gras with parades, and in Eunice, Basile, Mamou, Tee Mamou and Iota, traditional Mardi Gras festivities last from dawn until dusk.