LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - From black and gold, to purple, green and gold, it is time to begin thinking about Mardi Gras.
"Mardi Gras in Lake Charles has gotten big. It's one of the biggest next to New Orleans, I believe," said city administrator, John Cardone.
To begin preparing for the fat Tuesday festivities, the city of Lake Charles held a meeting with businesses along the parade route to let them know what to expect this year.
"We want it to be a very safe event. We want it to be an enjoyable event, but we want to protect the businesses along the route, because it does impact them," said John Cardone.
The parades will head east on Broad, and then will turn and head south on Ryan street, all the way to Sale. This holiday will attract around 100-thousand people to the lake area. It is one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in the Country. With that amount of people in one area, safety is a concern.
"We'll have a lot of security out there. We want the people to understand that. This is supposed to be a safe event, and our law enforcement officers will make that event a very safe route," said John Cardone.
The city has come up with a few parade do's and don't's. Number one, no littering. No glass containers will be allowed. They ask that you keep your pets and valuables at home. There will be no open fires in, or on vehicles, and you cannot pour your hot coals on the ground. You will have to stay behind police lines. For safety, no running up near the floats will be allowed. Also, no throwing things back at the floats. Parents will need to keep a close eye on their children. Obviously, kindness is asked of all parade goers. There will be no bikes, skate boards, or roller blades along the parade route, and no blocking of the sidewalks. Finally, people are asked to bag their trash and place it at the curb for pick up after the parade.
For a full list of 2010 Mardi Gras events in Southwest Louisiana click here.