Mardi Gras

LPD: 2014 Mardi Gras safety tips, barricade schedule

Posted: Feb 18, 2014 12:01 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Updated: Feb 18, 2014 12:54 PM

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The Lafayette Police Department is in final preparation for the 2014 Mardi Gras parade season here in the City of Lafayette.

The first Parade will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 6:30 pm. LPD will close all streets on and around the parade route one hour before the event begins. The barricades will be placed on the streets along the parade route on Thursday, February 20, and remain until after the parade on February 22. The barricades will be repositioned back onto the streets beginning on Thursday, February 27.

Citizens should avoid these areas around the parade route to avoid traffic congestion.) This procedure is also true for all of the other below listed parades:

• Friday, February 28, 2014, at 6:30 pm

• Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm

• Monday, March 3, 2014, at 6:00 pm

On Tuesday, March 4, Mardi Gras Day, there are three parades scheduled. The parades will begin at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. All streets in and around the parade route will be closed until the completion of the final parade of the day. No streets will be open until all citizens have been removed from the area and vehicles are able to travel safely.

The intersection of University Ave and Johnston St, along with the intersection of St. Mary Blvd and Johnston St. will remain open as crossover intersections until the parade is only several blocks from the location. The intersection of South College Road and Johnston Street will be restricted to travel south on College Road and west on Johnston Street during all parades.

All parades will begin at Pontiac Point (Jefferson St at Surrey St) and end at Cajun Field except for the children's parade. The Children's Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., will begin at Lafayette Street and West Vermilion Street and end at Cajun Field.

The Lafayette Police Department is asking all residents and businesses along the parade route to make arrangements during the time of the road closures to avoid any inconvenience. Those residences and businesses can contact the Lafayette Police Department at (337)291-8630 for any assistance they may need in negotiating the parade route.

Location of Command POST along the Parade Route:

• Fire Station #1 at Vermilion Street and Lee Street
• Fire Station #5 at Johnston St. and St. Julien Street
• Lafayette Police Command Bus at Johnston St and S. College Road
• The 911 Bus will be located at Cajun Field (Not for the 2/22/14 Parade)

LOST or FOUND CHILDREN - can be brought to any officer along the parade route or to one of the above listed command post.

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