Plaquemine remained peaceful through its two Mardi Gras parades, officials say

TOMMY COMEAUX tcomeaux@postsouth.com
During the Krewe of Comogo parade, Claude Crawford gets ready to throw beads to an acquaintance.

The City of Plaquemine hosts two parades for Mardi Gras each year, the Krewe of Randle on the Saturday afternoon before Fat Tuesday and the Krewe of Comogo.

Comogo usually runs on the Sunday night prior to Mardi Gras day but because of the inclement weather, was postponed until Monday night this year.

Throughout both, officials said there were no incidents during either parade. Law enforcement agencies had about 60 officers on the Comogo parade and not quite as many for the Krewe of Randle.

All in all, all the parades in the parish went off without a hitch,” said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi. “In Plaquemine, White Castle, St. Gabriel and Maringouin, the parades went off with no problems.”

Everybody was extremely well behaved and they thoroughly enjoyed the parade,” said Plaquemine Mayor Ed Reeves Jr. “The crowd really seemed to get into the spirit.”

The Krewe of Randle ran with a smaller than usual parade entourage because it drizzled throughout Saturday afternoon when the parade rolled.

The Krewe of Comogo, a relatively new parade, ran during a cool, breezy evening, but the cold didn’t keep anyone away.

The crowds continue to grow, especially on Belleview, which had been rather light on crowds in past years,” Reeves said. “I’ve been the pacesetter since Comogo started so I’m pretty good at gauging the crowd.”

Krewe of Randle founder and organizer Alderman Jimmie Randle said that despite the less than perfect weather Saturday, “most of the people were out there anyway.” It did cut down on the number of floats, though, from a norm of about 15 to 10.