Despite cold, Mardi Gras parades roll in New Roads Despite cold, Mardi Gras parades roll in New Roads Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- As Michah Bell, 7, cooks a piece of sausage on flames from a fire pot Tuesday, after the Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads. Others at the Bazile family tent cluster around for warmth and camaraderie. They are, from left, Tiffany Spoons, (Bell), Ethel Derozan, Myeisha Spooner, 11, Dicy Richard and Charlan Manchester. Advocate story March 04, 2014 Comments Frigid temperatures and a persistent light rain kept crowds small as the New Roads Mardi Gras parade got underway around 11 a.m. The Community Center of Pointe Coupee parade also was scheduled to roll at 11 a.m. in New Roads, but the crowds on hand are thin there too. The Lions Club parade started at 2 p.m.