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My First Mardi Gras: The Crowds


My first Mardi Gras.  I’m Dennis Foley.  So there was so much to anticipate before the Krewe of Centaur parade.  I mean, just driving around days before the festivities, barricades were getting lined up along Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, porta-potties along East Kings Highway, and eventually the RVs.  I’ll admit, the number of porta-potties, definitely more than I expected.  But what I had never thought through: the RVs.  After some consideration, I had this realization: people are actually going to tailgate for this parade.  Now, I’ve been to plenty of parades: high school and college homecoming parades; local Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day parades, even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  Never have I ever seen RVs set up along a parade route days before a parade.  During the parade, it made sense.  Seeing the crowds along Clyde Fant… along the rest of the parade route… was, er, a little overwhelming at first.  But I got used to it.  And it was fun.  Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the floats.  I’m Dennis Foley.

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