PLAQUEMINE – Mardi Gras celebrations will be in full swing around the area this week.
Most notably, the Krewe of Comogo will host the first-ever nighttime parade on Monday, Feb. 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. after a blessing of the floats by Father Cleo Milano.
Monsignor Lawrence Earl Gauthreaux will serve as their inaugural Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshal.
Gauthreaux will lead the parade, which begins at the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 1 proceeding south to Belleview Drive, then west on Belleview to the Carl F. Grant Civic Center for the annual Krewe of Comogo Gala.
The Krewe of Comogo was formed in memory of Brenda Comeaux, Gauthreaux’s niece.
Comeaux’s true love was Mardi Gras, which was evident by her involvement in the Krewe of Okeanos, where she served as a board member and Ball Captain in 1991 and 2000 and Co-Ball Captain in 1993. She was also the first woman Co-Ball Captain of Krewe du Roi in 1988 and again in 1995.
An Annual Mardi Gras Parade sponsored by Plaquemine Selectmen Oscar Mellion and Jimmie Randle will also be held Saturday, Feb. 9.
The parade lines up at 1 p.m. and runs from W. Harleaux before turning right onto Railroad Avenue, right on Barrow St, right on Hebert St., left on Canal St. and right onto Marshall St.
The Krewe of Maringouin will also hold its parade Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Floats and bands will roll down Bayou Road to Landry Street, up La. 77 and right on Lane Street in Maringouin where it will disband.
The Krewe of Spirit and Askia Toure` is also sponsoring their annual Mardi Gras Parade, Tuesday, Feb. 12 in White Castle.
Line up for the event will start at noon at the Chateau Blanc, formerly known as K.C. Hall, located on K.C. Hall Drive with the parade starting at 1:30 p.m.