Mardi Gras Spending

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 5:41pm

Mardi Gras fever is sweeping Baton Rouge. Despite the uncertainty of the economy, revelers are dishing out the dough.

Brison Barnes is just two years old, but already he’s got Mardi Gras on the mind. Theresa Landry and her family are preparing for two big parades with no signs of slowing down. “This I the one thing my husband and I really like to do, so we do it.”

They’re not alone, despite the tidings of a tough economy, most folks plant to party on Fat Tuesday.

At Party Time on Airline Highway, sales are booming. Candy Pounds, Party Time Manage, says, “You might cut back when it comes to some places, the movie theater, but when it comes to Mardi Gras, you can’t cut back.”

There are no signs of a slow economy at Matherne's Supermarket either, they’re making close to 100 king cakes a day. But celebrating Mardi Gras doesn’t have to cost you the big bucks. Whether it’s a mask or some of the infamous beads, or even just showing up at your local parade, which of course is free.

Heidi Simpson is celebrating Mardi Gras and says, “It’s just a fun time because it’s free and we go out there and enjoy family.” It is a perfect plan for little Brison. He’s still clutching his throw from a parade this weekend.

A few dollars in beads and toys, but a big payoff when it comes to the memories. Several parades are getting ready to roll. The Krewe of Southdowns Parade is Friday. You’ve probably seen the pink flamingos out, which means the Spanish Town Parade is Saturday. You can round out the weekend with the Krewe of the Good Friends of the Oaks Parade in Port Allen Sunday.