With WAFB Channel 9’s sports reporter Jacques Doucet leading the way, Baton Rouge officially kicked off the capital city’s Mardi Gras parade season last Saturday night. Doucet was the grand marshal of the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno parade as it wound its way through downtown Baton Rouge with 13 floats, bands, dance troupes, horses, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden and, of course, beads and throws galore.
The Krewe of Jupiter and Juno has been around for 11 years and is always the first parade in Baton Rouge. David Villneuve, vice president of the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno, said, “We enjoy Mardi Gras and we enjoy Baton Rouge. We’re always the first parade, so we get to kick off Carnival season every year. We always have a real good time and a lot of fun. We welcome new members if anybody is interested they can go to our website www.krewofjupiter.com and fill out a form.”
The theme of this year’s parade was “Romancing the Ages,” with floats representing couples from Zeus and Hera to Pocahontas and John Smith. King Jupiter XI was Jonathan Taylor, and Queen Juno XI was Yolunda Taylor. An estimated 10,000 parade-goers braved the cold to watch the double-decker floats and catch beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals, light-up swords and other throws.