Huge crowds line parade route for Bacchus

Huge crowds line parade route for Bacchus

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Beautiful weather greeted Sunday night's Bacchus parade, which drew massive crowds along the Uptown parade route. Actor John C. Reilly, who reigned as King of Bacchus 2015, says for him, the experience has been overwhelming.

In what could be the last dry, somewhat warm day of the 2015 Carnival season, thousands flocked to the Uptown route, to take in Bacchus, in all its glory.

Deanne Smith, from Baton Rouge, says, "Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras I'm hoping it be like this here, no rain."

Eighty-year-old Deanny Albrecht hasn't missed a Bacchus parade in 60 years. "I just like the people and the music and the floats, I love it," Albrecht said.

It's also a yearly tradition for the Jones family from Hammond.

"I've been cooking since about six this morning," Marvin Jones said.

Each year the family scopes out the perfect spot near the start of the route, to set up shop and take in all the action. Lawanda Moore explains, "It's home away from home, we just love New Orleans."

So too does Reilly, who this year, serves as Bacchus 47. "The hospitality and generosity of everyone in New Orleans especially Clark (Brennan) and his family has been overwhelming and made me feel so special and I really have to say, it is good to be king," Reilly said.

To prepare for his epic ride, Reilly called on a good friend for words of wisdom, former Bacchus king, Will Ferrell. "Right as I was leaving I texted him, I said, any last words of advice? And he said roll with it, so I've been doing that," Reilly explained.

The experience is also a first for rider Jared Rawson, who looked to his uncle for suggestions on ways to make the night a memorable one for the crowd. "He educated me to be on the lookout for those that are really into it and the kids and the main thing is to make sure everybody has a fun experience," Rawson said.

Hands down, Rawson's goal was achieved. In addition to some great throws, parade goers took in Bacchus' most iconic floats and of course, the immensely talent marching bands.

This year's theme of the Bacchus parade, children's stories that live forever.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.