SPECIAL DELIVERY for MR. MERCADO
With over a month to prepare, Brandon and fiancée Morgan Meaux decided to throw a partyfor the special occasion.
“When contest officials tried to notify all of the neighbors about the upcoming event, they quickly learned that Brandon had already told everyone”, says Morgan. Shrugging, Brandon quickly responds, “I had just moved into the neighborhood so I thought it was the perfect opportunity and ice breaker to meet everyone.”
Then, as promised, there they were — as if on cue — the Budweiser Clydesdale team (in full hitch) parading down the street in central Lafayette where Mercado resides. The neighbors, in typical Louisiana parade fashion, lined the street to welcome the beautiful Clydesdales, complete with Studebaker Wagon, Team Drivers and obedient Dalmatian.
Upon the team’s arrival at Mercado’s driveway, specialty hats, T-shirts, chairs and ice chests filled with ample supplies of Anheuser-Busch products were passed out. A huge sign honoring Brandon and Morgan was hung on the house while friends, family and neighbors enjoyed the unique party atmosphere.
Calling the event surreal, the young couple remarked on this lifetime memory which gained live local TV coverage. “The best part is that everyone was having a good time, including the contest representatives. They were having just as much fun as us and that made all the difference,” Brandon marveled. Morgan agreed, “I was so impressed with how smooth everything went. It was so much fun!”