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Mardi Gras 2019 Preview

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The new year has come, so it’s time to start thinking about Mardi Gras.

Rebecca Moss, with Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana, has given us an early sneak peek into what we can expect for the festivities this year.

For starters, a lot of traditional favorites will be a part of the celebrations again this year, including the Royal Gala on March 4, and the Krewe of Krewes Parade on March 5, but Moss says there will be a few changes this year as well.

Of note, there will be a new “Quiet Zone” this year that Moss says will make the parades more inclusive.

“It’s for some of those people who, the loud noises, they just can’t handle them,” said Moss. “People with autistic family members, or some other cases where the noise is just too much. Once those floats travel down Ryan Street, when they hit Sale Road, and they take a right on Sale, just there on the left-hand side near the old K-Mart parking lot there will be a quiet zone. The music will be shut off of those floats as they turn that corner, and then it will still allow them to throw to that quiet zone to include all of those people who can’t really handle all of the chaos.”

Moss says you can go to their website to see a full schedule of what’s new this year, including some of the new City of Lake Charles ordinances that will change the way some of the events are run.

If you think you still have plenty of time to plan, that’s not exactly the case. The first Mardi Gras event of the year is the car show this Saturday, Jan. 5.

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