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North Bay Area Parade rolls through D'Iberville on Super Bowl Sunday

The Parade started on Lemoyne Boulevard and traveled all the way to Automall Parkway. (Photo source: WLOX ) The Parade started on Lemoyne Boulevard and traveled all the way to Automall Parkway. (Photo source: WLOX )
Thousands of parade-goers came out for the 28th annual parade. (Photo source: WLOX) Thousands of parade-goers came out for the 28th annual parade. (Photo source: WLOX)
Despite it being Super Bowl Sunday, the crowds were still huge. (Photo source: WLOX ) Despite it being Super Bowl Sunday, the crowds were still huge. (Photo source: WLOX )

With Fat Tuesday just days away, a weekend full of Mardi Gras parades wrapped up in D'Iberville Sunday with the North Bay Area Parade. Despite it being Super Bowl Sunday, parade goers say they couldn't forgo this annual family tradition.

"Just getting together with your friends, just kind of hanging out and you know being outdoors, listening to music," said one parade-goer.

It's one of the longest parade routes on the Coast, but the Krewes were prepared, because the throws just kept flying.

"Mardi Gras is awesome," said one young girl.

The North Bay Area Parade always rolls the day before Lundi Gras, with plenty of floats and beads. That's why it tends to be a family favorite parade.

"Oh yea, I give everything I catch to the children, everything I can. Very family oriented and just fun for everybody," said Andrew Singley, of Louisiana.

While some of the crowd might have stayed at home to prepare for the big game, others just tailgated at the parade.

"You know that one big celebration before lent and you know it's really about the children. The D'Iberville parade is really for family and children to get together and enjoy ourselves," said Rachael Hollingsworth.

It's easy to do that. Between the electric energy and enthusiastic parade riders, it's easy to get the kids excited.

"We get to catch beads, and we have all this stuff to bring home and play with," said one child.

If you've never celebrated Mardi Gras, one might think you would get tired of weekend after weekend of parading, but that's not the case. As long as there are beads to throw, there will be hands to catch them.

This year's parade theme was Seascapes and Sparkles. King LeMoyne the XXVIII was Lee Bridges and Queen LaMarin the XXVIII was Lois Cothern.

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