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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The City of Lake Charles will observe Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Several events, including the Krewe of Krewes' Parade, will be held in the city.
The following is an overview of activities planned for the day:
-- To 5 p.m. -- Sister City Street Party, 300 block of Pujo Street, live music
-- Krewe of Krewes' Parade – 5 p.m.
Both parades will begin on West Mill Street at Lakeshore Drive and continue south on Ryan Street to Sale Road.
In conjunction with the Mardi Gras 2013 parade route, street parking will not be allowed on Ryan Street between Mill and Broad through Tuesday, Feb. 12 and the conclusion of the Krewe of Krewes' Parade. The on-street parking areas will be barricaded, officials said.
Officials said ordinance 16489 prohibits street parking during a special event or a parade route in accordance with a designated special event traffic plan. Signs will be posted identifying these "no parking" areas. An unoccupied vehicle in violation may be removed or impounded and the owner and/or operator subject to a citation and fines.
Traffic along Ryan Street will be restricted to one lane each way up to about one hour before the parades, until around 4:30 p.m. when the road will be closed.
Officials said motorists should expect long lines of slow moving traffic and heavy pedestrian traffic along Ryan Street.
Businesses will remain open and access to their locations will be available throughout the day and up to approximately 30 minutes before a parade.
Local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to control traffic and crowd issues and to assist parade goers.
Officials said street vendors must have the proper occupational permits to serve the public, which must be obtained from the Occupational Licenses Office. Vendors will not be allowed along the parade route from the Civic Center to Clarence. Law enforcement agencies will check for appropriate permits. Vendors must relocate off the parade route once the parade begins.
Officials said cardboard trash receptacles with plastic liners distributed at the city's Feb. 6 public meeting to property owners along the parade route should be placed within the public right of way along the Ryan street route during the Mardi Gras parades. City solid waste will remove the receptacles the following day.
Port-a-Cans will be placed at the Civic Center, Lock Park, and downtown near the 300 block of Pujo Street, officials said.
Immediately following the Krewe of Krewes' Parade, Ryan Street, between Mill Street and Sale Road, will be temporarily closed to all traffic so that City Public Works crews can remove barricades, pick up litter and sweep the streets.
Officials said law enforcement officers will divert traffic from this section of Ryan Street, which is expected to remain closed for approximately two hours after the parade.