Oh, I agree about the bawdiness and the like....just not with the "Cat Shredder" part (I personally like cats and don't think that conjuring up visions of people intentionally hurting the animals with their lawnmowers is a good idea....there's humor in everything but cruelty is not nearly as funny as you might think. Especially given how people think of their pets (esp in Spanish Town), it's like marching in the middle of a Jewish Community dressed as Hitler to some people...might be funny to some, but it is bad taste. The plastic phalluses, underwear, boobs, etc...yeah, that's more what Mardi Gras is. Granted the Gay/Lesbian community involvement as well, and people in general, I feel, have come to grips that Spanish Town is gonna be a bit "Adult" anyways. I'd even dare-say that the bawdy the better! I remember the float that bore the "Louisiana Quarter" (in honor of each state's 25 cent piece over the years) as a pair of breasts with the motto "Louisiana, Show Your Tits" (and let's face it....who doesn't go to Mardi Gras these days and kinda hopes some girl/guy would maybe flash their goods)...imagine if Spanish Town minted a doubloon like that! The collectors alone would come out of the woodwork! (as it is, I can only remember one year where the Spanish Town parade had their own doubloons). If anyone is afraid of what they might "See" then you're right...they should just stay home. Or they can go elsewhere for a parade, goodness knows there are others. But there are none like Spanish Town, which combines people of all walks of life, and it's that combination that makes it work! It, in my opinion, embodies what Mardi Gras really is about...and you don't have to belong to some wealthy family/ritzy club/snobby group to be a part of it.
But if nothing else, the Spanish Town Parade is, to me, a chance for Baton Rouge to let it's hair down. We need this sort of release every so often...life's too filled with stress and misery as it is not to step back and laugh. Think, too, that it's part of what it means to be free! Only in America can you get away with the political satire we have, and what better place to do it (and party) than in a parade. It's our way of pointing out the silliness in our lives and embracing it.