In the tradition of keeping Clarendon weird, the 15th Annual Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade brought its goofy revelry to Wilson Boulevard. Sponsored by the Clarendon Alliance, the parade is more clean civic pride than drunken debauchery. The spirit of New Orleans was mostly in the copious amount of plastic beads thrown out. Students from Louisiana State University had by far the best costumes. None of the cars and trucks were really decorated as floats, with one grand exception: the entry from Countdown to Yuri’s Night, the organizer of the annual Yuri’s Night party. Their giant robot head was the highlight of the parade. Check out the photos below:

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
One of the floats tossing out beads

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
A guy with Louisiana State University

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
IOTA Club and Cafe

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
A kid playing saxophone

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
Tim and Zanna from Bike Arlington

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
Fundacion Social Cultural Boliviana – Diablada Boliviana

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
Countdown to Yuri’s Night

It seems an art workshop could be used to help get more participants to build true floats. But still, this is a nice little small-town affair, and not a bad way to spend a cold night in February.

More photos via the mardigras2013 tag. See also mardigras2012 and mardigras2009.

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade

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