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Family creates Louisiana Legacy with Mardi Gras Costumes

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MADISONVILLE- Anthony Colombo can't ever get away from Mardi Gras, but why would he want to, it's been his life for nearly a half century.

Colombo and his family have been making Mardi Gras Costumes for krewes like Endymion and Zulu since 1968 and they don't have any plans of stopping.

"We tell a story in our collar, when you look at the collar, it tells a story, that's the thing we enjoy about it," said Colombo.

The story isn't the only reason Mardi Gras krewes want the costumes, some are destined to ride in the Carnival.

"Some of them will wait their whole lives for this or they'll use their life savings, especially in Zulu, they really wait their whole lives to be the king, they campaign, they really, really want it bad," said Susie Barocco, Colombo's daughter, who designs most of the costumes.

The business is entirely encompassed in Colombo's family and boasts three generations of artisans.

"He's got it to almost 50 years," said Vincent Denoux, Colombo's grandson, "If I can somehow springboard it to another 50 years that would be a life goal right there. You know whatever it takes."

It's that passion that's led the family to become a Louisiana Legacy.


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