Years ago I was interviewing for a job in Baton Rouge at about this time of year. My wife was with me and thought she would see if there was a parade she could see while I was interviewing. It worked out that the Spanish Town Parade was rolling at the same time as my interview so she checked it out.  We have not missed one since.

The difference between the Baton Rouge Spanish Parade and all others I have seen is that there are no rules for those in this parade. It is an anything goes event and has to be the wildest Mardi Gras parade in the state. Not only are the floats and marchers unusual ... the crowd is in costume also. The parades starts in the old Spanish Town section of the capitol city and winds its way southward. The weather was perfect so there was a huge crowd this year. I would estimate well over 100,000 people.

Don Rivers Photos
Don Rivers Photos
Don Rivers Photos
Don Rivers Photos

Here is a video of the Lawnmower Brigade in a previous parade.