Second annual Mardi Gras parade rolls in Gonzales

Staff Report
A float rolls near Gonzales City Hall during the Feb. 11 Mardi Gras parade.

Rain and cold weather did not stop the Krewe of Ascension Mambo Mardi Gras parade in Gonzales.

The second annual event was postponed an hour to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 due to the conditions.

The route started at the Gonzales Civic Center along Irma Blvd. It turned left on Cornerview and rolled down Burnside Avenue to Hwy. 30.

The krewe kicked off the annual event with its first parade in February 2022. After conducting a survey, the group found out that many respondents were interested in hosting a parade in Ascension Parish instead of only driving to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other areas around Louisiana with traditional parades.

Several photos and video can be viewed at the City of Gonzales' official Facebook page, City of Gonzales, Louisiana 70737, and the krewe's page.

The krewe thanked all of the participants in this year's parade, including the Frederick Douglas High School Band, White Castle High School Band, and the Fierce Diamonds Dance Studio.

Special thanks also went to Raising Canes, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Kelly Services, Gonzales Councilman Tyler Turner, Gonzales Councilman Harold Stewart, Gonzales Police Sgt. Kenny Stell, and the Gonzales Police Department.

"And lastly, we couldn’t do it without our community. Thank you for supporting our community," a krewe spokesperson said.

The winners of the 2023 Marvel theme parade included:

  • First place - Krewe of Posh
  • Second place - Krewe of Roux
  • Third place - Iron Man & Marvel Friends featuring Queen Ramona
  • Fourth place - Krewe of Tragic

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