The Mardi Gras on the Sabine 2009 celebration doesn’t officially start until Friday, but the party has already started as evidenced at Gopher Industries this week. 

Krewe de Fais Do Do has “Krewe Brewe” written on the side of their float. Members were busy decorating it for the parade in appropriate style. Cajun music was blaring and beer flowing as they painted, stapled, stuffed, designed and danced their way through the evening. 

When members finished, they wrapped it in plastic so they would have less to do this weekend. This is only the second year the group has participated in Orange’s Mardi Gras, but is not behind the curve on knowing how to have a good time. “Everybody wants to party with us,” said member Pam Scales Crew. Exactly 39 persons will ride on the float (the maximum number allowed), she said.

Krewe de Fais Do Do has two huge amplifiers that will fill the air with Cajun tunes as the float heads down the street during the Grand Mardi Gras Parade, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The theme of their float this year is “GUMBO.” The float is decorated with all the ingredients for a great Cajun delicacy: blue crab, chicken, shrimp, pork sausage, onions, celery, rice and more. At the end of the float is a huge gumbo pot to throw it all in. Add a little Mardi Gras colored garland and a few lights to make a float fit for a king (equipped with a throne).

Debbie Hughes, a member of Krewe de Fais Do Do, is in charge of the Munchkin Parade to start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Children do not have to sign up ahead of time, but need to show up, ready to go by 10 a.m. to participate, she said. Children should be dressed in Mardi Gras attire and may ride small motorized vehicles, wagons, walk or ride in golf carts, but carts would have to be driven by an adult. They can also ride bicycles, but Hughes advised, “It is difficult to ride a bike and throw beads.” The vehicles also need to be decorated. Children can throw beads, stuffed animals, anything they want, as long as it is Mardi Gras-themed. Children have to supply their own beads. After the parade, there will be free face painting and games for the children.

The Ms. Fat Tuesday pageant, a mock beauty contest with men, will be Friday at 7 p.m.

Current Queen Marilyn Monroe de Lagniappe said she wishes her reign would last longer. “It really pains me to give up my crown. I tried for two years to win,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my year, making personal appearances and speeches to promote peace in the world and help save the whales.”

One of the entrants in this year’s competition may have a “ … leg up on the other competition,” as she is almost a celebrity. Edwina Duke is a distant relative of Daisy Duke and plans on showing off the apparel her cousin made famous. “I love to tease the men with my hairy gluteus maximus,” she said.

It should be a fun weekend out at the Orange riverfront area on Simmons Drive. There will be food, games, rides and great music both Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.