Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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COVINGTON, La. -- Parade-goers on the Northshore treated rain drops like confetti and partied in the rain on this Fat Tuesday.

The pleas for beads were plentiful in Covington and the throws did not disappoint. The usual Mardi Gras celebration of the Covington Lions Club parade and the Mystic Krewe of Covington actually grew this year to include the Krewe of Lyra.

The experience is one regulars and out-of-towners didn't want to miss.

'It's just a tradition. The first time we came out, Sophie was in a baby stroller, she was about four months old and we've just done it every year,' said John Rester.

John Barfield, from Georgia, said, 'This is the last day of the parades and we've been down to Mardi Gras New Orleans and we wanted to see what it's like in a small town.'

For 21 years this parade in Covington has never been rained out and no one was going to let that happen this year. An occasional light, short-term shower didn't budge parade-goers and it didn't slow specialty groups like the Northshore Roller Derby Team.

Families say regardless of the rain, this is the place to be on Mardi Gras Day.

'Just the kids to have fun,' said Rachel Carmen, 'Enjoy it and experience Mardi Gras, rain or shine.'

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