By: Conner James - MSTv B.R.beat Correspondent
Its been called the Baton Rouge version of "Decadence Fest," its been called weird and its been called just plain odd. But more often, its been called the most fun event in local Baton Rouge Mardi Gras celebrations.
Its the Spanish Town parade and in a strangely appropriate take, its parade theme this year is, “A Spanish Town Twinkie Ate my Ding Dong.” Yes, it is very strange.
This year the parade begins at noon Saturday, Feb. 9 downtown. “And for lot of people, this is the event they look forward to all year long,” Spanish Town Parade organizer Bruce Childers said, “It’s the zaniest thing you’re ever going to see.”
Despite the parade growing larger, more popular and having more people wanting to be a part of it every year, organizers don't see it losing any steam in its 32 year history.
With the Spanish Town area being well-known for its diverse inhabitants and businesses, the parade has always intended to reflect these differences in ways outrageous as possible.
In short, that means the sights and sounds attendees probably will see won't be politically correct - mostly.. Very adult themes permeate the floats, revelers and sometimes the very throws themselves. So, is this a parade that could be considered family friendly, or even "impressionable kid" safe?
Childers says, "Yes."
“It will never turn into a kids’ parade,” Childers said. “If you have little kids, bring them. They don’t know what’s on the floats, they just want the beads. When they get a little older, they’ll get an education.”
But, if you're worried about your little ones seeing more "inappropriate" behaviour by the party-goers themselves, a family safe area is available.
"If you have kids and don’t want to be around drinking, go to the alcohol-free zone," he said. As usual, the "safe" zone is in front of St. James Church on Convention St.
"But, it doesn't matter where you are, you’ll still get plenty of beads,” Childers exclaimed.
And while the Spanish Town parade keeps getting larger, it’s always about the local pride. Something to which Childers, after all his planning and execution, expects as another successful year; with a beautiful commencement day to boot.
“The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a great day for Saturday,” he said.
We only hope the book is right because the people are poised for a great party.
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