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Spanish town celebrates with reverse parade

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BATON ROUGE - With waves and cheers, the historic Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade kicked off today, but in reverse. 

"They canceled the parade so we're going to be the parade," said one parade-goer from their car. 

Dozens of cars rolled through the streets, decked out in Mardi Gras beads and flamingo pink. For the first time in 40 years, there are no floats. 

More than two dozen homes now showcase their Mardi Gras spirit through the pink decor in a friendly competition. From the comfort of their cars, folks drove by to vote on their "fan favorite" house. 

"It's just for fun and something to do, just to make the best of this year and hope for a better year," said Jamie Gober. She and her husband are participating in the house decorating competition. 

Though there are no floats, the real win for many is still being able to safely celebrate. 


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