Beginning in the mid-1970s and every year since, the Krewe of Randle has delighted the youth of Plaquemine with its Mardi Gras parade.
Always held on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, rain or shine, this year’s parade ran under a steady drizzle.
The parade was the brainchild of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen member Jimmie Randle, who still serves as its organizer.
“The reason I did the parade is because I felt sorry for the kids of Plaquemine because the city back then didn’t have any Mardi Gras parades,” he said.
Normally, the parade rolls with about 15 floats, he said, but because of the foul weather, the count was down.
“The weather was bad but we still managed to have about 10 floats rolling in the parade,” Randle said. “The crowd was a little lighter because of the rain, but most of the people were out there anyway.”
The parade begins to line up at 1 p.m. on the Haase Street Extension and the parade begins rolling at 2 p.m.
Its course takes floats east on Capt. T.T. Harris Drive, then south on Railroad Avenue, west on Barrow Street, north on Hebert,, west on Canal Street, then north on Marshall Street. The krewe’s final leg is west on W.W. Harleaux to its end.
Serving as the king and queen of this year’s Krewe of Randle parade were Judge Alvin Batiste Jr. and his wife, Barbara Thomas Batiste.
Alvin has been a judge in the 18th Judicial District since 2003 and is currently the district’s chief judge. A graduate of Southern University, Alvin is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association, the Louisiana Drug Court Association and the National Bar Association’s Judicial Council.
His wife Barbara is a graduate of White Castle High School and is the vice president of the Krewe of Spirit Civic and Social Club. She is also the CEO of HoneyBee Childcare and Learning Center in White Castle.
Their blended family consists of nine children, Alvin III, Jocelyn, Jules, Anna,, Marcus, Quinn, Marissa, Ariel and Tailyn.
The Krewe of Randle’s grand marshals were Tony and Paula Clayton, both attorneys at Clayton, Fruge Law Firm.
Tony is the special prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District Court’s District Attorney’s Office and is a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors and a past chairman of that board, the Louisiana District Attorney Association and a member of Omega Psi Phi Rraternity.
Paula is serving currently as the president of La Capitale Chapter of the Links Inc., Jack and Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lakeland.
The Claytons are the proud parents of five children – Brilliant, Austin, Jene, Brandon and T.J.