Acadiana ready to kick up its carnival heels

Its that time of year, Mardi Gras is just around the corner. So we hit the streets to see what residents do to get ready for the big celebration.

Balls, pagentry and parties along with beads, king cakes and the traditional Mardi Gras colors are popping up all over town.

Old Time Grocery is located near the Lafayette parade route. Manager, Keith Ozene says he and his staff are pumped for the big day.

“At home fun, big party, that’s what we’re know for. And they feel that and it kind of goes hand in hand with Mardi Gras,”” said Ozene.

Ozene says they decided to show their spirit this year by spicing up their menu.

“Something that we just developed was the king cake poor boy. It’s something we’re trying out for the first time and we feel that it’s going to emcompass the theme of Mardi Gras that we want to bring out through Old Time,”” said Ozene.

Alexia Gallien says her family starts celebrating early.

“We cook almost every weekend,”” said Gallien.

Gallien says they even hold a special family parade.

“We have a mini parade called LKrewe De Boutte. We just get together in the country and ride four wheelers, horses and it’s always fun and lots of cooking and food,” said Gallien.

UL-Lafayette student Stacy Imagbe with Chi Alpha says she spends the season introducing the tradition to students who are new to the area.

“We bring them king cake and coffee and ask them to come out to the parade with the organization. And just make them feel at home here in Louisiana and let them enjoy the tradition that’s here,” said Imagbe.

And it’s that southern hospitality that keeps revelers returning to the Hub City year after year.

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