Icy conditions cause revenue slump during Fat Tuesday

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The foul weather Mother Nature handed out during Fat Tuesday affected many festivities, which in turn had a negative impact on sales.

The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association, who puts on Festival de Mardi Gras at Cajun Field, said they lost revenue somewhere between 30 and 40 thousand dollars. The icy conditions forced them to close the festival for an entire day, something they've never had to do.

For those who had concession stands, closing the last day of the fair which is typically the busiest, put a huge dent in their wallets.

Craig Goforth, owner of Goforth Concessions said his business took a hit and it hurt. The last day of the fair accounts for half of his business. Goforth said even though he was disappointed, he understands it was for safety reasons. Goforth said he will be ok and will move on to the next fair but hopes to be back in Lafayette next year.

The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association does have a rainy day fund they can dip into for emergencies. This year's financial loss isn't expected to affect prices next year.


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