The History of Lafayette Mardi Gras – Rick Chappuis and John Swift

Lafayette lives for Mardi Gras! This episode is a special repeat of our interview with Rick Chappuis and John Swift who joined Discover Lafayette to discuss the history of Mardi Gras in Lafayette LA.

The first recorded Mardi Gras festivity took place on Feb. 14, 1869, at the Court House downtown. Although it was a simple party with a band, and nothing like what we experience today, it was all the community needed to see how much fun Mardi Gras could be! Today, the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association carries on the tradition and works to ensure that Mardi Gras remains a safe, family-friendly event.

Thank you for listening. This interview was the second interview Discover Lafayette recorded. We hope you have enjoyed our podcasts over the past six years; we have only scratched the surface of covering all the wonderful people and cultural activities which make Lafayette a very special place….the gateway to South Louisiana!