BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – Just before the rain rolled through East Baton Rouge Parish, the residents of Beauregard town took to the streets.
Residents mixed with members from Baton Rouge Advocates for Safer Streets (B.R.A.S.S.) walked from the Old Governor’s Mansion to the heart of Beauregard town.
The downtown community banded together to celebrate Mardi Gras by giving a little back. People say it was a great way to bond and have a good time, while also giving back to the city.
"It's nice to come together, have a party, and you know, rejoice together,” Brien Buxton, Beauregard resident and parade organizer, said. “It's really nice."
At the end of the walk, a big pot of gumbo awaited the festival-goers. And, donations were collected for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
“I think it’s a witness to this community and to the larger city of Baton Rouge that we’re asking folks to give back,” Katie McKay Simspon, Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church, explained. “That this celebration of Mardi Gras, leading into the Lenten season isn’t just about receiving, it’s about giving as well.”