Mother Nature couldn't rain out this year's Krewe of Highland Parade, though the threat of bad weather did shift the time of the kickoff to one hour earlier.
Parade attendees and float riders refused to allow anything to ruin their parade, despite the gray skies threatening rain overhead. "Does it rain on Highland's Parade? No!" said Krewe of BBQ member Jeff Clark. The rain held for most of the quirky neighborhood parade, a favorite for those looking for a non-traditional experience. "It's helter skelter, it's crazy, it's looser, it's just a little more rambunctious," said John Bogan, a self proclaimed parade lover.
Marilynn's Place, a New Orleans style restaurant, had front row seats to the parade taking off. "This is our biggest, funnest, most incredible day of the year," said Restaurant Owner Robert Baucom, who loves the Mardi Gras holiday because of his mother Marilynn, who started out in New Orleans. "I named my restaurant after her and I'm carrying on the Mardi Gras for her," he said. His restaurant hosted a block party, that started once the parade ended.
The Highland Parade is known for their unique throws like moon pies, candy, stuffed animals, and even hot dogs from the Krewe of Barbeque. When the last Highland Float tossed their final throws, it signaled the end of this year's Mardi Gras parade season in Shreveport-Bossier.