Lafayette, LA --- With Mardi Gras activities beginning within the next two weeks, the Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department is preparing for parades and other activities. Below is a work schedule:
- Thursday, January 31 – 8:00 a.m. – Public Works (PW) will place barricades at the beginning of the parade route (Downtown area). Placement starts at the Jefferson/Simcoe St. intersection and continues along the route up to the Vermilion/Johnston St. intersection.
- Friday, February 1 – 8:00 a.m. –Barricade placement begins at Vermilion/Johnston St. intersection, continues down Johnston St. to N. College (Albertson’s/Cici’s Pizza shopping center) and then heads up N. College to the UL entrance at Reinhardt Dr. Barricades will be placed to allow “turn lanes” and cross-overs at the major intersections along Johnston St. and N. College Drive.
- Saturday, February 2 – 6:30 p.m. – PW crews move the barricades to the sides of the roads and clean up litter and debris along the route.
- Thursday, February 7 – 8:00 a.m. – PW crews place barricades from sides of the road back along the “Downtown” parade route up to Johnston St.
- Friday, February 8 – 8:00 a.m. – PW crews place barricades from the sides of the road back along the “Johnston/N. College” parade route.
- Saturday, February 9 – 6:30 p.m. – PW crews clean up litter and debris along the parade route. Barricades stay in place.
- Tuesday, February 12 – MARDI GRAS DAY – 2:00 p.m. – Crews move barricades from the route to the sides of the roads.
- Tuesday, February 12 – 11:00 p.m. until … – Crews clean up litter and debris along the parade route and adjacent areas.
- Wednesday, February 13 – No work for Public Works Operations Streets and Drainage crews.
- Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15 – 7:00 am – PW crews pick up barricades from the Mardi Gras route and return them to the PW yard on Dorset St.
Other information about the parade route and Public Works operations during the Mardi Gras season:
- The parade route is 3.9 miles long.
- LCG places approximately 5,500 barricades along the route and adjacent areas for crowd control and safety reasons.
- Seven 30 cubic yard roll-off dumpsters are utilized for trash and debris disposal.
- 121 portable toilets are placed along the parade route.
This year’s parade route is not changing due to any ongoing construction projects and will be the same as in previous years.
“Thank you once again to the businesses and residents who are along the parade route. Your cooperation and patience during Mardi Gras season help make Lafayette’s family-friendly Mardi Gras a great tourist destination and a wonderful asset for all our local residents,” said Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel in a statement.