Mardi Gras celebration is family-friendly

Sometimes it takes teamwork to make sure you get the throws coming your way and then snagging them before someone else can get them. Berwick parade watchers were partying and celebrating the season along the Krewe of Dionysus route Saturday afternoon.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Riders in the Krewe of Adonis parade Friday night unloaded everything from the traditional beads and cups to food items like bananas and Moon Pies along the route.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)

Even with a truckload of goodies and necks full of beads, parade watchers plead for more from the throwers on a float in the Krewe of Dionysus parade in Berwick Saturday afternoon.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Even with a truckload of goodies and necks full of beads, parade watchers plead for more from the throwers on a float in the Krewe of Dionysus parade in Berwick Saturday afternoon.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Stuffed animals were among the most sought after throws to the crowds in weekend parades in Berwick and Morgan City including the Sunday afternoon Krewe of Galatea parade.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Float riders were regally dressed and working the crowds while riding in the Saturday afternoon Krewe of Dionysus parade in Berwick.

(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Krewe of Galatea members during Sunday's parade in Morgan Ctiy.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

Mystic crew members who rode in the floats with the Krewe of Galatea Sunday afternoon were happy to throw all sorts of goodies in Morgan City.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

The participants of the Galatea and Nike krewes were greeted with cheers of approval Sunday afternoon at the viewing stand near Morgan City Junior High School.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)

A five-day party started Friday night in east St. Mary Parish as locals and visitors lined the parade routes chasing trinkets and the party continues today in Patterson before concluding with the granddaddy of Morgan City krewes, parading at 2 p.m. Fat Tuesday.
The Krewe of Amani will begin its 2 p.m. Lundi Gras parade at Patterson High School and roll down Main Street all the way to the Place Norman Shopping Center.
The Krewe of Hephaestus will parade Tuesday in Morgan City down Sixth Street from Sycamore Street then to Marguerite, Ninth and Clothilde streets and Victor II Boulevard, ending at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle is expecting a “nice crowd” for the Amani parade today and reminds revelers that this afternoon’s suspension of laws on public alcohol consumption and loud music ends at 6 p.m.
“We are asking citizens to have a good time, give constant attention to small children, enjoy yourself, but please respect your neighbors,” LaSalle said. “We are asking for no glass containers on the parade route because they are dangerous and we will be aggressively pursuing impaired drivers.”
Also parading at 2 p.m. on Mardi Gras will be the Siracusa/Greenwood parade in the Siracusaville subdivision. The parade will start at Siracusa Road and then roll down James and Grace streets before ending at the Siracusaville Recreation Center.
Ideal weather greeted the Krewe of Adonis Friday night in Morgan City and continued through the weekend for the krewes of Dionysus in Berwick, along with Galatea and Nike in Morgan City.
This year’s popular trinkets at the different parades included stuffed animals and other toys, glow-in-the-dark items, Saints footballs along with the standard cups and beads.
The crowds were orderly with a solid contingent of police on hand just in case things got unruly, which did not happen.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard said, “There were no complaints during the parade time, no arrests, no criminal activity of any kind. I was very pleased to see everything went well ... Typically we have some complaints after the parade but we had nothing. It went well.”
Ted and Barb Nixon were visiting from Cantril, Iowa, for the Berwick parade and were amazed at the hospitality they were shown.
“If everybody down here is as friendly as they were today, we will have a great time,” Barb Nixon said. The couple will return to Iowa where they are expecting six inches of new snow and minus 20-degree wind chill temperatures.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said the Mardi Gras weekend was “very quiet” in regards to reported incidents.
“We had a good turnout, and everybody really had a good time,” Banks said. “We have had a wonderful Mardi Gras season thus far.”
The color guard of the U.S. Coast Guard in Morgan City marched with flags near the head of the Krewe of Galatea Sunday afternoon. Marching bands from Glen Oaks High in Baton Rouge and Central Magnet High in Beaumont, Texas, were among the performers marching with the krewe at the beginning of the parade. The bands’ percussions could be heard blocks away heralding the approach of the krewe as it made its way through Morgan City.
Louis Tamporello, a Morgan City councilman, was a driver for the Krewe of Galatea. This year’s parade “was one of the biggest if not the biggest in quite some time … It was a good two-hour parade,” he said.
Banks referenced safety tips he has posted on the Morgan City Police Facebook page which includes:
—Do not enter the roadway or approach a parade float during a parade. Float riders should not urge friends and others to approach floats.
—Keep small children at your side, off the roadway.
—Do not enter the parade by foot or in a vehicle.
—Persons along the parade route are urged not to throw items back towards the parade floats or towards others along the route.
—If you play music along the route, be courteous to those around you. Avoid playing music which some may deem offensive. Play the music at a comfortable noise level.
—No large animals, dogs, etc. will be allowed on the parade route.
—Do not block a private driveway. You could be ticketed and your vehicle removed by a tow truck.
—Officers will be stationed at various locations along the route to assist the public. If you cannot locate an officer immediately during an emergency, contact 911.
—Finally, do not drink and drive.
Reporting by staff reporter Zachary Fitzgerald contributed to this story.

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