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The Flambeau Nation

Here come the flambeau
on Mardi Gras night...
Bringing dark parades alive
by sharing their light...

When the sun goes down
and the nights get cool...
The Flambeau Nation
is the Mardi Gras rule...

They light parades at night
and scare aware the fright...
It’s the Flambeau Nation
that makes Mardi Gras right...

It started way back then
in the time around 1875...
When the Flambeau Nation
first became alive...

The Mardi Gras floats
were pulled by a single mule...
And the flambeau lights
kept away the freakish ghoul...

The flambeau carriers
were a very special breed...
They had to be really strong
and they had to have speed...

Many were blood related,
brothers and cousins too were there...
That’s why the flambeau tradition
remains a strong family affair...

They light parades at night
and scare aware the fright...
It’s the Flambeau Nation
that makes Mardi Gras right...

Sometimes it gets really spooky
when no flambeau are around...
You go down the wrong street
and your heart starts to pound...

You hear footsteps around you,
the hair stands on your neck...
But here comes the flambeau light,
you’re no longer a freakin wreck...

The flambeau have been a tradition
for a dozen or more decades...
Without the Flambeau Nation
we might not have night parades...

So throw out as many dollars
as tonight your wallet can spare...
Cuz without the Flambeau Nation,
night parades might not be there...

They light the parades at night
and scare aware the fright...
It’s the Flambeau Nation
that makes Mardi Gras right!

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