Upcoming Spanish Town Parade marks end of an era for local couple
BATON ROUGE- A couple with life-long memories surrounding the Spanish Town parade route are putting a decades-long tradition to rest.
After nearly 100 years and 3 generations of pink parade memories, Anne and Gerald Woods decide to put their memory-filled home on the market.
Anne Woods has celebrated the Spanish Town Parade from a young age. Her grandmother bought the house in the early 30's, living directly on the parade route until passing in the early 2000's.
Anne says that her grandmother despised the pink party and spent the entirety of the celebration cleaning up the trash each year. In addition to keeping a neat lawn during the parade, her grandmother was known for keeping people off and away from her yard. Out of spite, Anne's grandmother was named queen of the Spanish Town Parade in 1988.
Refusing to ride in the parade as queen, Anne's mother rode in her place. She lived in the house, too until she passed away in 2006.
Anne and her husband Gerald moved into the family home in 2008, where they have hosted an open-house party every year during the parade. The couple has decided to sell the home, but say it is bittersweet.
"We're getting older and we want to downsize. An older home is a lot to keep up with," Gerald says.
As for the parade party, it is unclear if a new homeowner will continue the tradition, however, this Saturday, Anne and Gerald Woods plan for a grand flamingo-finale.
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