City of Lake Charles announces activities for Mardi Gras 2010

The following is a news release from the City of Lake Charles.

On Tuesday, February 16, the City of Lake Charles will observe the Mardi Gras Holiday.  Several events, including the Krewe of Krewe's parade, will be held in the City.  The following is an overview of activities planned for the day:

■ Red Hat parade – 1 p.m.  Route from Civic Center down Broad to Ryan, South on Ryan to Sale Road

■ Krewe of Krewe's parade – 5:30 p.m.

■ Downtown – Krewe de Charlie Sioux hosts the annual Sister City Celebration Mardi Gras 2010 Block Party – Corner of Broad and Ryan St., noon. – 7 p.m.

■ Sister City Celebration Event will include: D.J. and live music; children's activities; and food and beverages

The Krewe of Krewe's parade will begin at the Lake Charles Civic Center, travel east on Broad to Ryan, south on Ryan to Sale Road.

City Public Works crews will place traffic barricades along the parade route beginning

Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.  Traffic along Ryan St. will be restricted to one lane each way until around 4:30 p.m. when the road will be closed.

Motorists should expect long lines of slow moving traffic and heavy pedestrian traffic along Ryan St.

Businesses will remain open and access to their locations will be available throughout the day.

Local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to control traffic and crowd issues and to assist parade goers.

Parking on Lock Park grounds is prohibited during the 2010 Mardi Gras parades.

Street vendors must have the proper occupational permits to serve the public, which must be obtained from the Occupational Licenses Office.  Vendors are restricted north of Clarence St. and on the Civic Center grounds.  Law enforcement agencies will check for appropriate permits.  Vendors must relocate off the parade route once the parade begins.

Cardboard trash receptacles with plastic liners distributed at the City's public meeting, Tuesday, February 9 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 also be placed along the parade route on the corner of Broad and Ryan St. during the Downtown Event.

Immediately following the Krewe of Krewe's parade, Ryan St. within the parade route, will be temporarily closed to all traffic.  City Public Works crews will be removing barricades, picking up litter and sweeping the streets.  Law enforcement officers will divert traffic from Ryan St., which is expected to remain closed for approximately two hours after the parade.