A Mardi Gras tradition is returning to New Iberia tonight as the newly formed Bayou Mardi Gras Association's Mardi Gras Parade takes to the streets of the Bayou Teche community.

After more than 25 years, the Krewe of Andalusia cancelled their annual Mardi Gras parade a couple of years ago. This was due to the rise in cost to put on the parade.

A group of locals decided to come together to start a new tradition, and with that passion arose the new Bayou Mardi Gras Association.

According to members of the association, there are 19 floats registered for the parade along with a number of high school bands.

The parade will start tonight at 6:30pm. Main Street will be shut down around 6:00pm, so motorists are urged to take an alternative route.

The parade will start at the intersection of Ann Street and Main Street and end at City Park.

Bayou Mardi Gras Association, Facebook