I went to my first Mardi Gras parade tonight! There are TONS of Mardi Gras parades going on all around Southern Louisiana. I didn't even have to leave Baton Rouge. :) There's also a variety of types of parades, those directed more towards an "adult" crowd, and more family friendly parades. Krewe Orion's is a family friendly parade - lots of fun floats, marching bands, dance crews and just plain fun. Even though it's "family friendly" there were still plenty of beads to go around!