Large crowd enjoys 2013 Southdowns parade

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:12pm

Before the weather rains on the parade season, a big crowd watched the annual Southdowns Parade Friday night.

The theme of the parade was "time machine," and riders adopted various interpretations.

"Jules Verne, 'The Time Machine,' and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," said Robert Smith of his inspirations.

"We are the cowboys float," said Amy Lambert, "that goes back in time to the cowboy age, and then the other St. Aloysius float is the pirate float, and they go back to the pirate times."

Ronnie Roach said the theme of his float was, "Five O'clock Somewhere, so we could have a good time."

And everyone put a lot of time into making sure their floats and costumes were perfect.

"I been working since March of last year to put this together," Smith said. His costume was covered in glasses. "As soon as the last parade ended, I started working on this year's costume."

"It was very hard to do all this," said Emma Rose Boardwine, who rode on the same float as Lambert, "and we got it done."

The parade route had to change because of sewer construction on Cloverdale Avenue, but that did not seem to bother anyone.

"Go with the flow," said Scott Kumler, who drove the Five O'clock Somewhere float. "Cause if we don't we're going to run over somebody, and they really get ticked off when that happens."

Southdowns is the only Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parade based in a residential neighborhood. Those who take part say that is the reason they keep coming back.

"Cause it's small, but it's big enough and it's so much fun," said Claudia Rosales. "The people are amazing."

"It's a lot of fun," agreed Nina Crifasi. "I come here every year for this parade, at Grandma's house. And we just get together, eat spaghetti, and have fun."


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