Mar 3, 2014 4:21 PM by Dave Fields
A spokesperson for the Youngsville mayor's office says that it did not issue any order preventing residents from going home during Saturday's Youngsville Mardi Gras parade.
"I'm not allowed to let anyone through until the parade is over," a Youngsville resident, who identified herself as Alexis, said she was told at 1:36 p.m. by an officer stopping traffic in front of Pat's Grocery.
"This is by order of the mayor," she said the officer explained, adding that the officer also urged her to call and complain because "they're have been about 30 people who've had the the same problem," she said, explaining that the officer appeared empathetic to her request to get through the barricades to her home approximately 2 to 3 blocks away.
Alexis said that she and another resident of the same neighborhood were told by the officer that he had been advised that the mayor's order had been posted previously in the Youngsville newspaper.
The mayor's spokesperson said that the only complaint the mayor's office had fielded concerned a particular group on one of the floats, but had that the office had not had any complaints about residents being kept from returning home.
"City hall and police worked together to have a wholesome parade, and when it was over, to get evryone home," said the spokesperson.
Alexis and the driver behind her eventually were waved around the barricade, she said.