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POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:51pm

Greg Altenhofel has ridden with the Krewe of Bierbog in the Spanishtown parade for four years. He says they're adding some new features to the floats.

"We're reorganizing and regrouping and there will be lights on our floats, rest assured it'll be something new this year," said Krewe of Bierbog Organizer, Greg Altenhofel.

And even when the weather gets dark and dreary the a true Flamingo knows how to let the good times roll.

"Started laughing at the beginning of the parade, at just the circumstance of it," said Altenhofel.

This year Baton Rouge Officials worked out a later start time for the parade, and Altenhofel still expects a big crowd.

"Whatever law enforcement agency got envolved and postponed the parade until 4:00, so it looks like we're not gonna get rained on this year."

With less then 24 hours until parade time, Spanishtown veterans are ready to roll on.

"I'm the Captain of Boyd Avenue, we've been rolling in this parade since the early eighties," said Krewe of Boyd Avenue, Duz Hamilton.

Hamilton has been there since the begining of Spanishtown and he says the parade and it's crowds ripen with age.

"David Manship and I rode in the back of a bass boat, so we had three floats the first year I rode. Now we have a crowd of about 100,000 I don't think the rain will hurt us at all for the parade," said Hamilton.

He says Spanishtown is special because it's Baton Rouge's own Mardi Gras.

"It's not a New Orleans fancy parade, it's a Baton Rouge Spanishtown tradition,"

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