Roving Reporter | Lamardi Gras Parade | Photos by Maria Nesbit

A big thank you to Maria Nesbit for sharing these wonderful photos of the Lamardi Gras Parade in Lamar, Texas!
Little Bay Sea Queens getting ready for Lamardi Gras Parade.
Thank you Richard for hosting a delicious breakfast in your lovely home.
Lamardi Gras is a fundraising event for the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. "Founded in 1964, the fire department started with a handful of volunteers and a fire truck donated to Lamar by the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department. In 1964 the population of Lamar was 150 citizens. A small piece of land and small garage were procured on a fifty year lease. Over the years, the equipment inventory has increased to six trucks including two brush trucks to fight grass fires. To accommodate the larger fleet, the building has been expanded three times and a larger detached two bay garage was added. These expansions have used up most of the available property. In 2002, the Lamar and Holiday Beach Fire Departments merged. Currently there are two fire stations, one in Lamar at 302 Bois D'Arc Drive and the other on Highway 35 North in Holiday Beach. In 2010, the population of Lamar was listed at 636 and Holiday Beach was 510. With the expanding population and additional fire equipment, a larger facility is required. The current lease will expire in December 2014, so with an eye to the future the volunteers started a fund raiser in 2001. It was decided that Aransas County needs a Mardi Gras celebration and the LaMardi Gras was born." Source / Learn more >

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