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Mardi Gras Season Success

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 7:22pm

The nation's sluggish economy isn't raining on Lafayette's parade.

"There are still some people lingering behind. We had some people from out of town in here this morning saying how much fun they had this year. The crowds were much bigger than they were last year, " Albertson's Store Director, Marcus Duhon, said.

Thousands came out to celebrate, and the shelves at many local stores are now empty.

"Sales were great. We actually ran ahead of last year's mardi gras season by a pretty good amount,"Duhon said.

People were streaming in and out of Mary Ellen's Tuxedo Shop Wednesday to return rented formal wear.

"The economy didn't seem to affect us. People still want to go out and celebrate. Maybe it was an escape from their worries, so it was a good season, " store owner, Randy Foreman said.

Many of the people we spoke to today said they would give up luxuries like dining out year round just to be able to splurge during Mardi Gras season.

"You buy the hats and you buy the light up toys. The toys are like 5 dollars a piece, but you have fun,"
Lafayette resident Paula Akridge said.

Others said they don't splurge on toys, but when it comes to hanging out with friends and family there's no spending limit.

People also had more time to plan this year, and storeowners said the extra time also allowed people more time to spend.