Krewe of Comogo
PLAQUEMINE - While forecasted wet weather forced the Krewe of Comogo to roll a day earlier than anticipated, three brothers behind the parade are just happy they still have the chance to honor their sister.
It rolled for the third time this year, adding 13 new floats to its parading crew. Darrel Comeaux says it's his sister's dream come true.
"The dream was always my sister's dream," he told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "She wanted a nighttime parade, but she passed away in 2009."
Brenda Comeaux's dream rolls on through the Krewe of Comogo. The Krewe was formed in her memory after she died of lung cancer in 2009. After $300,000 in membership dues, donations and even their own money, it became a reality.
"She always wanted the people of town to gather together as one and have a great time," Darrel explains.
Darrel and his brothers Ralph and Early have been working on the parade since May. It started with a new warehouse, built on Main St. in Plaquemine. Then the construction of the floats from the ground up.
"I had a design in mind for all the floats we wanted to do. They pretty much turned out...better than imagined," Earl boasted. "We wanted to mimic New Orleans. We even pull our floats with tractors, just like New Orleans."
The closer it gets to Mardi Gras, the more they miss their sister. They say they appreciate the community's support during the difficult time.
"We wanted the community involved. That would be Brenda's choice," Ralph says. "We do miss her being here. She would be telling us what to decorate, and what to put where."
The floats looked better than ever on the 2.5 mile route around town. The Krewe of Comogo rolls always rolls at night, and is the only one on Lundi Gras in the Baton Rouge area. They can only imagine how excited their sister would be to be in that number.
"I don't think she would get off the float until the parade," Earl hypothesizes. "Just bring me something to eat; I'm staying until the parade. I would love it if she could be here. It would be so special."
It's a love of Carnival that lives on through her three brothers. They share the merriment of Mardi Gras and the memory of their sister in what could be the start of a long-lasting Louisiana Legacy.