SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - It's time to let the good times roll, or as some say, 'Laissez le bon temps rouler.' Across Southwest Louisiana residents are getting ready for Mardi Gras celebrations. With the parades being the biggest draw, Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana Parade Chairman, Rebecca Moss, along with others want to make sure it's a family-friendly fun event for everyone to enjoy.
"In order to keep our numbers safe, we have to implement rules," said Moss. "It's important for them to understand the law enforcement aspect of the safety and why we do what we do in order to keep them safe."
Some of those rules include, "no alcohol for the drivers," Moss said, as well as loud music that would violate noise ordinances.
"Rolling down Ryan Street you've got the loud music, but once you get off that parade route some family members may not want to participate or are already home and ready to close out their night," Moss said. "We have to shut off our music when you're not on the parade route to give the local community their peace."
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso agrees with the rules set in place by Mardi Gras organizers and says for the deputies their biggest concern is for attendees to stay safe.
"Mardi Gras is a great fun time in our community but I can also be a very dangerous time," Sheriff Mancuso. "First of all, watch your children try to keep them out of the street I know they get really excited and run out there to get their beads and sometimes we lose track and forget about safety because were so kind and excitement of the festivities going on around so I urge to please, especially I saw children, to watch them closely."
For a list of Mardi Gras celebrations happening across our area, click HERE.