Evacuees Remember Mardi Gras

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Many people didn't let the cold and rainy weather stop them from attending Mardi Gras festivities in Galveston and New Orleans. Some former New Orleans residents living in the Brazos Valley shared what they loved about Mardi Gras.

LaJune Minor and her 3 daughters couldn't wait for Mardi Gras to roll around every year. But this year they won't be there.

" It's hard because we were so used to being down there every year. Now were up here and we've got to miss it because of hurricane Katrina, said 16 year old Edrene.

" The school bands, we're going to miss that because they were really good," said LaJune Minor.

Since the Minors' couldn't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, they brought Mardi Gras to Bryan. Edrene celebrated her 16 birthday on Saturday with a colorful and festive Mardi Gras theme.

Edrene was a little sad that her friends from her old school couldn't be there, but she made the most of her party.

The Minors have watched this year's Mardi Gras parades on TV from Galveston and New Orleans, but say nothing compares to actually being at the real thing.

" It was really packed out there and everybody was walking and talking meeting up with their friends and stuff, watching the parade," said Edrene.