Mayor king of parade started by his great-grandfather
NEW ROADS - The king of Carnival in New Roads this year has a family connection to the state's oldest Mardi Gras parade outside of New Orleans.
New Roads Mayor Robert Myer is the first sitting mayor to be chosen as king of the Community Center Carnival Parade, which was started in 1922 by his great-grandfather Jimmy Boudreaux.
The town said Boudreaux was a local musician, and his parades were known for their "spontaneity and liveliness."
"It means a lot to me to carry on a tradition that my great grandfather began," Myer said. "My family has a long history of promoting the City of New Roads, and it is my heart's desire to do all I can to make this parade and our great city even better for my children and their children."
News 2 broadcasts the Community Center parade each year on WBTR. Chris Nakamoto will have more coverage of the parade tonight starting at 4 p.m.