Doug Mouton / Northshore Bureau Chief
COVINGTON, LA - For the most part, the rain held off, and thousands enjoyed Mardi Gras on the northshore.
"It's a lot less drama than over in the city, Jennifer Keller of Covington said, "just family friendly."
People along the route were quick to point out differences between the Fat Tuesday celebration in Covington, and the celebrations in Metairie in New Orleans.
"This is so much better than the southshore," Chris McRae of Hammond said. "I can bring the kids out and not be pushed around. This is good family entertainment."
"I was just telling a friend of mine, in Metairie it's getting so bad out there, it's not family anymore. There are people out there with tents. It used to be ladders, now it's tents," Ed Laux of Covington explained. "So, you come here and it's family, it's nothing but kids and family. So, that's the best part."
"What it is on the northshore," Pat Carr of Covington explained, "is laid back."
"It's not as crowded," Peggy Young of Abita Springs said of the difference between northshore and southshore Mardi Gras celebrations. "And you don't have to get up as early."
At 9am, only a few diehards lined the streets of Covington. By 10am, thousands were out.
The parades began at 10am and were finished by noon, making it one of the quicker Fat Tuesday celebrations.
The floats have a very homemade feel, some say reminiscent of Arabi in the 1970's.
Remember the old Arabi parade, that's what it reminds me of," Jenny Saucier of Covington said. "You don't have to worry about the crowds pushing, it's just a lot of fun."
Not many costumes in Covington, and not many ladders.
The two parades travel down East Boston Street, make a giant square, then head back down East Boston.
I light rain fell around 11:30, but not enough to drive the crowd away.
"It's pretty crazy other places, it's not as family oriented as here," Mindy Lomonaco of Mandeville said while standing on a ladder with here two small children, "this is safe for them."