NEW ORLEANS -- The cold, windy weather didn't keep parade goers away this Lundi Gras.
Hundreds of excited revelers lined Napoleon Avenue as the krewes of Proteus and Orpheus rolled by.
“It's fun. It's great,” said Baton Rouge resident Carolyn Meineke. “It's a little cold, but hey, it's not as cold as it is in Iowa right now."
As Fat Tuesday gets closer and closer, more and more folks from all over the world continue to converge on the city.
And for many, this is the first time they're experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
“It’s kind of pathetic because I don't have very many beads,” Meineke said.
“We came last night but we just like all the little light ups,” said Memphis resident Thomas Banks. “My girl says I get all the good stuff, so I like it. I like throwing your hands in the air and screaming for stuff. So we love it. We are having a good time.”
But these parade revelers weren't the only first timers. Among the celebrity monarchs and other Orpheus crew members were two very special guests.
NOPD officers from the 1st District were invited to ride in their very first New Orleans parade. When they began loading their float, they couldn’t contain their excitement.
“It’s going to be an awesome experience and I look forward to seeing the crowd from a different perspective,” said Elif Kreider, who has spent 10 years with the NOPD.
“Oh, it’s one of my favorite parades, always,” said Detective Steven Williams.