Retail stores have black Friday but furniture stores have income tax season.
"February by far is our busiest month of the year with tax season," say Rudy LaRue of LaRue's Furniture.
Mardi Gras brings thousands of people within feet of the furniture store doors, doors they won't be able to get into because LaRue's has to close for business once the streets around the store are shut down.
"We are shut down not one weekend but two weekends," says LaRue.
LaRue admits he would rather the parade route be someplace else because it has an negative impact on business. But LaRue says he is not a Mardi Gras grinch and this year his staff has decided they want to work on parade days but they won't be selling furniture.
"They decided that they would sell things like turkey legs, sodas and other treats to those who are attending the parade," LaRue told KTBS 3 News.
His staff will be joining hundreds of other vendors who plan to capitalize on Mardi Gras.