Huge crowds enjoy Bacchus along Uptown route


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 12:00 AM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Even before Bacchus rolled, thing were heating up.

Southern University's marching band had a little impromptu battle with Talladega University, and within minutes, a huge crowd gathered around as the bands battled it out.

But for parade goers like Annette Johnson, that was nothing compared to seeing her grandsons play with his marching band.

“He marched last year, but this is my first time seeing him and I'm just loving it!” she said.

But it wasn't just the marching bands and elaborate floats drawing in the big crowds.

Bacchus was a must-see for "House' fans who came to see the king of Bacchus, Hugh Laurie, the star of the hit television show.

And for one lucky fan and parade reveler, it was the highlight of her Mardi Gras.

“I just said, can you sign my hat?” said West Bank resident Nicole Alonzo. “And he took it, I threw it up and he threw it back down! It was awesome!”

Even the youngest of parade revelers know just how special the krewe and its signature floats are.

But you can't forget about Bacchus' signature throws, the highly sought after medallions and doubloons, which the crowd went crazy for as the impressive super krewe and floats rolled by.

It's an experience folks say they never miss, and one that is shared with even the smallest of party-goers.

“We love it. We do it every year.” said Ray Landry. “I ride in Alla. We enjoy Mardi Gras every year. Bacchus is one of the best.”