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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
It's not their first rodeo, but for the first time in a long time the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo is asking the city of Lake Charles to allow a trail ride and parade with horses in city limits.
Event coordinator Glenn Daigle made his case Wednesday night before the city council, which had concerns about everything that comes along with trail rides.
"If they keep off the neighborhoods. We are telling them we are going to look at you real hard this time and if it doesn't work out and we go and see piles of mess on the road, well there won't be a second," said Dana Carl Jackson, Lake Charles City Council.
The riders will take their trail ride from Gueydan to Lake Charles over the course of a week. Once in Lake Charles, they plan to go from Highway 14 down Power Center Parkway, then north on Fifth Avenue, eventually turning west on College before ending up just behind Ryan Street at United Methodist Church. Mayor Randy Roach believes traffic could be a problem.
"If they are waiting 30 minutes to cross Highway 14 - traffic backs up a lot so we have to be mindful of that and we have to understand if there is traffic congestion issues that will have to be a factor in any future application that we would consider," said Roach.
Despite no alcohol and other strict rules, Councilman Marshall Simien fears they would be opening up a can of worms.
"I hate to see us allow one trail ride and the people come back and say nobody accommodated us. I'm just against it all. I think there are other ways to get it done," said Simien.
Others on the council appreciate the group's efforts but also want to be prepared when asked again.
"I just want to make sure that down the line and especially locally, that we have a set of rules that will address our local horseman," said Luvertha August.
The council gave the group the go ahead with the exception of Simien.
"We understand they have rules and they have people to answer to and we are going to follow the rules and hopefully, everything is going to work out," said Daigle.
The 74th Annual Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.