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Carencro prepares for Mardi Gras crowd

Chief David Anderson expects over 6,000
Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 19:53:35-05

Starting Thursday, residents of Carencro will begin to see city workers linking barricades in preparation of the Mardi Gras parade.

Longtime resident Phil Campbell, who happens to have one of the best views of the parade, doesn't mind the chaos. In fact, Campbell and his family get to enjoy all the entertainment from their own front yard.

"I can bring the kids here and grand-babies here and don't have to leave," said Phil Campbell.

On the big day, the city is expecting more than 6,000 to line the streets on Saturday.

"Of course, we want everybody to come out and have a great time," said Chief David Anderson. "It's a family atmosphere in Carencro. That's what we try to promote here and we want everybody to have a good time, but at the same time we have to have rules."

One of those rules is related to barricades being put in place for the residents safety.

"We're asking everyone if you have barricades in the front of your home that you do not jump those barricades to go out into the street or into the parade route to get beads."

Chief Anderson also has a message for those riding in floats as well.

"We will have officers that will be specifically looking for people playing vulgar music. At the end of the parade those floats will be pulled to the side and the people in charge will be issued a summons to come to court."

The Carencro parade rolls Saturday, February 15, at 11 a.m. Find a full list of Mardi Gras parades and events here.