Mardi Gras parade rolls at 2 p.m. in Kaplan
On Tuesday the 2011 LVII Krewe Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade rolls, starting at 2 p.m.
The parade begins on Cushing Boulevard by Hwy. 14 in Kaplan and ends at the same location.
Floats and bands will begin lining up at noon by old Liberty Rice on Hwy. 35.
The parade will travel north on Cushing Boulevard, turn left on 8th Street off, to Church Street, back up to Sixth Street. The parade will turn left back onto Cushing Boulevard and head towards Hwy. 14,
Darlene Brown, the president of the Krewe and the person in charge of the parade, said this year there will be more than 40 floats and a handful of bands.
“This is a going to be a big parade because it is a political year,” said Brown.
There are a lot larger floats than in the past, she said.
This year’s theme for the parade is “Game’s People Play.”
Look for floats to be decorated like board games.
Before the parade rolls, King Gumbo LVI Daniel Duhon and Queen Jambalaya LVII Linda Primeaux will be judging each float and selecting a winner.
With a huge crowd expected, extra police officers will be on the scene.
A total of 70 officers from surrounding police departments will be patrolling the streets. The Kaplan police will have 10 officers, the Sheriff’s Office is supplying 20 and the rest of the officers are from other departments.