Carnival season kicked off in Metairie, Sunday, with the Krewe of Little Rascal's, a kid-focused parade with more than a dozen floats. Even though it's the first Carnival weekend of the season in Jefferson Parish, businesses say they're already reaping the benefits.
"We get hit with a lot of people wanting to take pizzas to go, take it down to the parade route. We also have a fair amount of people who want to come up into the restaurant, they want to sit down, get a quick bite, come in and out. Get the kids fed, get everything done then walk on down to the parade," explained Gunder. "Then, of course, right after the parade ends, everybody starts leaving the parade route and they have to get their pizza one more time."