Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:20 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Feb 16, 2012 10:26 PM
Many people in Youngsville and the surrounding area are upset over the cancellation of Saturday's Mardi Gras parade. It's the first time in the history of the parade it's been cancelled.
"We're just so upset about it," said parade participant Melissa Gouedeau.
Goudeau said she and her friends have already spent thousands of dollars on their float and took off work this Saturday for the parade. She said she can't believe it's cancelled due to weather.
"Last year we had a tornado warning and we still had it, and then the past ten years it rained three times and we still had it. And the roads were packed, people didn't care," she said.
Over at Town Hall calls of complaints flooded in all morning.
"I wish it could take place but again it was a tough decision," said Mayor Wilson Viator.
Viator said he called it off after seeing reports of 100% chance of rain early Saturday morning. Timing not on his side, he explained they can't reschedule it for several reasons.
Part of the problem with moving the parade to Sunday is that the church right in the middle of the parade route has services at both 8:00 am and 11:00 am, and that's right in the middle of when the parade would take place.
The other issue is security. Viator explained that the extra police force hired for the parade aren't available any other time.
"These people are also committed to work other parades later in the day on Saturday and also on Sunday, so we were not going to be able to get the police force out on Sunday if we moved it," he said.
But the Mayor said he hopes the early cancellation can at least save some people money. He also said all floats will be refunded the entry fees.