For many, Mardi Gras is a day to relax, celebrate with friends and let the good times roll.
However, for Law Enforcement, the Public Works Department and dedicated volunteers it's a day of tremendous work. Officials have been planning for months to make Southwest Louisiana's Mardi Gras 2016 the best yet.
However, another group also deserves recognition; the many businesses along the parade route who are sacrificing a great deal so that we can celebrate. Mayor Roach explained at a meeting at City Hall on Tuesday that the businesses along the parade route deserve recognition “because they are the ones that are impacted in a direct way. Their parking lots are full. They can't transact any business that day. They have to be complimented for their support and understanding so that we can have a celebration.”
This season, stop by these local businesses and thank them for their patience and cooperation.
Perhaps the biggest way we can show our appreciation happens to be number one on a Parade Do's and Don't List: Don't litter. Respect their properties by bagging your own trash and taking it home to dispose of or utilize the cardboard trash receptacles provided by the city.
By doing our part to keep our streets clean this Mardi Gras we can show our gratitude to those who make Mardi Gras great in our Better Southwest Louisiana.