Photos: Mardi Gras in Lafayette

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Jacob Andrews scans the crowd as the rains move in during the Independent Parade on Tuesday afternoon in Lafayette. The krewe marked the final parade in Lafayette's 2013 Mardi Gras season.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Alisha Cook searches for her next target as Lafayette's Independent Parade rolls through downtown on Tuesday afternoon. The krewe was the third and final to roll on Mardi Gras 2013 in Lafayette.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Parade goers Josh Horne and Jessica Smith try to attract the attention of krewe members as the Independent Parade makes it's way through the streets of Lafayette on Tuesday. Crowds fought the weather to enjoy the final parade of Lafayette's 2013 Mardi Gras season.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Robert Andrus searches the crowd Tuesday for someone to throw a souvenir football to during the Independent Parade in Lafayette.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Julie Edgley stands surrounded by her throws for the day as Lafayette's Independent Parade winds through the streets of Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Rich Schneider throws beads to the crowd as the Independent Parade makes it's way through Downtown Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Olatunde Soyombo, reaches out to deliver the goods to bead crazed parade-goers beg for more on Tuesday afternoon in Lafayette during the Independent Parade.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Sandra Moore tosses souvenirs to revellers during the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade on tuesday near downtown Lafayette.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Jamie and Shawn Mczeal toss trinkets to spectators during Tuesday afternoon's Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade which ran through downtown Lafayette.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Five year old Madison Bidd tosses beads to onlookers during The Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade on Tuesday afternoon near downtown Lafayette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cammille Quebodeaux uses a modified fishing net to haul in her big catch Tuesday during the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, the second of three parades to roll through the city on Fat Tuesday.

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  • The Advocate Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Ted Beaullieu tosses a handfull of beads to revellers during King Gabriel's Parade on Tuesday morning in Lafayette. This year's King is Stuart Gaither Clark.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- A rooster awaits it's fate Tuesday morning prior to the start of King Gabriel's parade which rolled through Downtown Lafayette. This year's King is Stuart Gaither Clark.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Crowds beg for beads Tuesday morning as King Gabriel's Parade rolls through downtown Lafayette.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Jim Piccione throws beads to revellers during Lafayette's King Gabriel's Parade on Tuesday Morning. The King of this year's Parade was Stuart Gaither Clark.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- P.J. Voorhies, left, and Ronnie Gibbons on board their float Tuesday Morning during King Gabriel's Parade in Downtown Lafayette. This year's King is Stuart Gaither Clark.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- John-John Mills works the crowd Tuesday morning before the start of King Gabriel's Parade in Downtown Lafayette. The King this year is Stuart Gaither Clark.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Dwight Andrus throws a few beads into the crowd of Lafayette's King Gabriel's Parade on Tuesday Morning. Stuart Gaither Clark is this year's King.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Kristin Bodin walks along the floats Monday evening shouting words of enthusiasm to her fellow crew members during Queen Evangeline's Mardi Gras Parade in Lafayette. Despite poor weather the parade rolled on schedule.

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  • The Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Michelle Hargroder, left, with the Courtesy Group, and Tracey Lassere await the start of Queen Evangeline's Mardi Gras Parade in Lafayette Monday evening.

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