New to Baton Rouge? Or are you just out of the loop? We’re here to get you prepared for the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. Take notes.
Because of the flamingo’s influence, it’s pretty much law that you have to wear pink to the parade. Feather boas, tutus and hot pink headwear are not uncommon sights on the parade route. This parade takes the typical Mardi Gras craziness and kicks it up a notch when it comes to costumes.
This year’s theme is “Come Hell or High Water, It’s Slippery When Wet.” It rolls at noon on Feb. 25.
The parade started out small, with only a few people from the neighborhood, but has grown much larger in recent years. From the beginning, the parade has not been described as “family friendly” and often has a raunchy tone and elaborate floats that are sometimes offensive. Last year, parade organizers received backlash for jokes about the Black Lives Matter movement and sexual abuse. On Jan. 19, Spanish Town Mardi Gras organizers posted a message of inclusiveness for the 2017 parade.
Unlike more traditional Krewes in New Orleans, Krewes in the Spanish Town Parade use more tongue-in-cheek names, such as “Krewe of Krime” and “Krewe of Roadkill.” Awards are given out at the end of the parade.