Tis the season for beads, beer and one big fat party.
Thousands lined the streets Sunday in Fresno’s Tower District for the annual Mardi Gras parade. They’ve been doing this for 22-years now.
This year’s theme, steampunk, and it’s a record-setting celebration with more entries than ever before, organizers say.
There of course was music, dancing and lots and lots of beads, with folks of all ages lining the streets to celebrate.
One parade goer says, “We come to have a great day and have fun with all the children.” And another says, “Having a good time, just enjoying the parade.”
“We’re having a good time out here, the weathers held up, it’s a beautiful day,” says Daniel Renteria, director of the Tower District Marketing Committee.
More than 30 floats took part in the parade, and organizers say it’s the largest they’ve ever had compared to years past.
Organizers believe Fresno is one of the only Mardi Gras parades on the west coast.
“People just seem to want to come out this year and really participate, so we’re really embracing that,” Renteria says.
Representing District 1, Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria also took part in the celebration. She says last year the city worked to keep parade fees low so more nonprofits can participate.
“The Tower is a special place in the City of Fresno… there’s a lot of small businesses that have been committed to this community and to this neighborhood,” she says. “It’s just a great event and a tradition that has existed here in the City of Fresno for a long time and so just proud to be apart of it every single year.”
Organizers say all the money raised from the entry fees goes back into putting on events here in the Tower District.