Krewe of Argus draws big crowds in Metairie


Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 11:21 PM

Natalie Shepherd / Eyewitness News
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METAIRIE, La. -- The parade route may not have been packed, but those who turned out in the rain and cold in Metairie to see the Krewe of Argus were happy to be there.

The theme of this year's parade was “The Storyteller,” with nods to Peter Pan, Harry Potter and more.

Jefferson Parish Council Chair Elton Lagasse served as king. Diana Lynn Netterville reigned as queen.

“New Orleans is always going to be a party,” he said. “Always, no matter what. Rain or shine.”

Parade goers came prepared, wearing rain gear, carrying umbrellas and even tying a tarp between two trees as a make-shift tent.

Thanh Truong and I weren't as prepared, feeling a little cold dressed up as I Dream of Jeannie's Jeannie and Major Nelson.

A.J. Buras summed it up pretty well.

“Miserable fun.”

He and his crew of Duck Dynasty look-alikes came to see the parade's celebrity grand marshal, New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan.

“If it wasn't so much for the kids, we probably wouldn't have been out here. but it's our ninth year, and every year we have a them,” Buras said. “This year it was Who Dat Dynasty, and it made everyone's day to see Rob Ryan up there and for him to give us a thumbs up.”

But Mardi Gras revelers got a lot more than a thumbs up. Those who braved the weather were rewarded with fists full of beads, and plenty of other throws, too.

“I think they wanted to unload.”

With another parade in the books, crews started cleaning up what will always be a memorable Mardi Gras.