Last Minute Parade Preps

February 19, 2007
Reported by Rhonda Kitchens

Lt. James Viney says, "we're getting with public works getting prepared to put out the barricades tomorrow morning."

It's a process the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau has already begun.

"We're setting up our tent and our barricades and just getting everything ready," says Denise Fasske, "so tomorrow we can just have a good time."

But as the beads start to fly Lt. Viney says they hope revelers don't take the celebration too far.

"We've seen a growing trend where parents start to get into the revelry of Mardi Gras and forget about where their kids are and its very important especially with the way things are now to keep an eye on your kids."

A central location will be set up at the Southgate shopping center to reunite parents with children  found wandering the streets alone.    That's also where 7News found a sign addressing the "rules of revelry."

Lt. Viney explains, "barbeque pits are allowed on the parade route, its just no open flames in the back of pickup trucks, you know, try to be away from any type of potential flame source."

And while officers will be lining parade routes Viney says another danger lurks behind the scenes.

"Our criminal elements will be going through parking lots looking for anything that they can snatch and grab quick, so any valuables you have in your vehicle secure them in the trunk where they're not seen."

Hopefully keeping Mardi Gras 2007 a safe and happy experience for all involved.