Dig Baton Rouge

Spanish Town Parade co-founder dies

Charles “Fish” Fisher, one of the founders of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade, died Tuesday morning, according to a Facebook post by the organization.

To all of the Spanish Town Parade family and friends:It is with great sorrow that I report today that we have lost a…

Posted by Spanish Town Mardi Gras – SPLL on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Spanish Town Parade, now a large part of Baton Rouge culture, was founded in 1981 by residents of the neighborhood.

“Back in 1981, when the neighborhood was thought to be ‘questionable,’ the residents decided to ‘celebrate their difference’ by starting their own Mardi Gras parade. The first parade rolled—or walked—along Spanish Town Road. Long-time residents say that the first parade was very small. In fact, they say that fewer than ten people lined the streets. Children were the marchers, and they banged on fruit cartons and threw a few beads. Then, the spectators would run to the next corner and throw the beads back to the marchers, so that the parade could continue. Today, many years later, the parade has grown to be so large that it almost seems too big!” the Spanish Town Mardi Gras website says.

Comments

It’s shucking time!

Baton Rouge Oyster Festival

june

20jun(jun 20)4:00 pm(jun 20)4:00 pmYoga On The Lawn / Oyster Fest Kick-Off

20jun(jun 20)5:30 pm(jun 20)5:30 pmWine Walk Summer Kick Off!

20jun(jun 20)7:00 pm(jun 20)7:00 pmBourbon Tasting

20jun(jun 20)7:00 pm(jun 20)7:00 pmLadies Night Karaoke

21jun(jun 21)6:00 pm(jun 21)6:00 pmPint Night - NOLA Brewing Co

Gear up for summer!

Primeval Gear

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular

X