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'Kick-off' parade now rolls on Monday, new walking parade will march Friday in downtown Lafayette

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Downtown Lafayette's newest walking parade is still scheduled to march, rain or shine, on Friday at 7 PM.

Despite the confusion, there has only ever been one parade scheduled to run in Lafayette on Friday, February 9, 2018. Krewe de Canailles, a brand new non-profit organization, will host the only parade in Lafayette on the Friday before Mardi Gras.

The parade formerly known as the "Kick Off" parade and held on the Friday night before Mardi Gras will no longer roll on Friday. Instead, the parade will run on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, following the Queen Evangeline's Parade. Follow the link to view the route http://KATC.images.worldnow.com/library/2386aff3-8536-4193-9c23-49c27266ef74.pdf.   

"We've combined the Friday night parade with the Monday night parade which will roll at 6 o'clock Monday night," Richard Domingue, Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association. "So those two parades combined now gives Lafayette the largest parade it'll have. We will have 29 floats that night."

On Friday, Krewe de Canailles spectators can expect to see unique costumes and hand-pushed floats in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to local celebrities, landmarks, or events that make Lafayette unique. One-of-a-kind throws are also expected to be given to parade goers along the route in downtown Lafayette. The krewe stresses that there will be no barricades along this parade route to help draw people closer to the action to view the creativity that the Krewe's members have poured into this parade.

Starting at the Downtown Lafayette archway, the Krewe de Canailles parade will march along Jefferson Street through downtown Lafayette and into the Freetown neighborhood before turning left on to Gordon Street and make a final stop with an after-party at the Warehouse 535 concert venue beginning roughly at 9 PM. The after-party at Warehouse 535 is open to adults ages 21+ with $10 admission.

Freetown's very own New Natives Brass Band will lead the way with performances both in the parade and the after-party before Lafayette's very own Lost Bayou Ramblers - who won a Grammy Award for "Best Regional Roots Album" in late January.

The Krewe de Canailles parade is free to attend and will be most visible along Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette beginning at 7 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. Spectators of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to bring flashlights, costumes, and noisemakers to the parade route.

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