Cold crowds celebrate Mardi Gras
By Howell Dennis
Crowley’s 10th annual Carnival D’Acadia and Iota’s Tee-Mamou Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival kicked off to nice crowds and clear, yet cold weather.
In Crowley, the action started at 10 a.m. as warmly-dressed people began filling up the rides and games area of the carnival. At 1 p.m., cajun musician Travis Matte took the stage to begin the day’s music. The Grand Parade rolled out at 3 p.m. with King Cimmer LV, John Elliot Dore, and Queen Laurie Myers Suire as well as several area bands taking part in the festivities. Cajun musician Travis Matte and area blues musician Kenne Wayne entertained the crowd as temperatures warmed up as the day went on.
In Iota, festivities began early with the opening ceremonies starting at 8:50 a.m. The music began at 9 a.m. with Briggs Brown and The Bayou Cajuns performing to the crowd. The Preston Frank Family Band, Scotty Pousson and the Pointe aux Loupe Playboys, and the Lafayette Rhythm Devils completed the day’s lineup. As always, the festival had an impressive group of fold craft booths which sold many items including cypress drift carvings, sun bonnets, wooden toys, and Mardi Gras dolls. Also, a young musician’s tent showcased the area’s top young musicians as they played non-stop from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Among the musicians who played were Gavin Guidry, Meghan Brown, Bubba Hebert and Blake Miller. The Tee-Mamou Iota Mardi Gras Parade rolled through downtown Iota to a raucous midday crowd. The festivities wound up at 7 p.m.