If you’re a true Lawrencian, then you knew that Tuesday was truly the most wonderful (and most LFK) time of the year. This is when the Mardi Gras Parade, in all its loud and colorful glory, takes over Mass Street. A hodgepodge of musicians (some from local folk bands, others who are just music lovers) all don their most bizarre getups they just “happened” to have laying around and celebrate the holiday at the loudest possible volume. The tradition was started years ago by Truckstop Honeymoon‘s Mike and Katie West, but they were absent this year because they are currently on tour. Nevertheless, the band bellowed all the usual favorites (including “Down By The Riverside” and “When The Saints Go Marching In”) throughout the alleys and restaurants they stormed, constantly treating drivers and pedestrians to the spectacle.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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