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Shreveport Police prepare for Mardi Gras crowds

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More than 200 Shreveport police officers will join the Mardi Gras revelers at Saturday's Krewe of Centaur parade.

Even though the Mardi Gras event each year- attendance is expected to reach thousands of people- the number of incidents along the route has generally declined.

"We're so used dealing with those things that we've come to the point now where it's down to a science," SPD's Marcus Hines said. "It's not really a headache at this point in the game."

 The Krewe of Centaur's Mardi Gras Parade is all set to roll out at 4:30 PM. Police will close Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway beginning at 7:00 p.m. Friday night before the parade. Clyde Fant Parkway will then re-open to traffic at 7:00 a.m. on parade day so people can set up early Saturday.

Hines says police will be on hand to direct traffic, maintain the peace and respond to any emergencies as they happen.

 

Information from Shreveport Police Dept:

 

Parking/Traffic:

Parking on East Kings Highway is reserved parking for permit holders only.

No parking is allowed before 7:00 a.m. on parade day.

On Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and Clyde Fant Parkway, parking is allowed behind the

white lines only. Citizens cannot park where areas are clearly roped off and marked.

No parking is allowed on Captain Shreve Drive.

Restricted parking is allowed on the residential streets from Albany Avenue to Patton Avenue. Some streets allow parking only on one side; other streets forbid parking. Look for parking signs and remember: the streets must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Violators could be towed.

Handicapped parking is available at the East Kings Highway Park, also known as the Duck Pond, and at the Veterans Memorial Park on Clyde Fant Parkway. A handicap parking tag or plate will be necessary to gain access.

 

Parade Rules:

No alcohol will be allowed on Clyde Fant Parkway from the railroad trestle just north of Veteran's Memorial Park to Stoner Avenue This area has been designated the alcohol-free family zone. Violators will be subject to arrest.

No glass bottles or containers will be allowed on the parade route.

No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.

No animals are allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except animals that are in secured yards of residents living along the parade route and service animals.

No dangerous objects or silly string.

No one may throw anything at a parade float.

Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.

No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be subject to arrest.

No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be subject to arrest.

 

Safety Tips:

Don't leave children unattended! Make plans to meet up at a particular location in case children become separated from guardians during the parade.

Do not fight or struggle over beads. 

Keep a safe distance from the floats.

Keep valuables at home, and make sure cars are securely locked.

Don't take purses or wallets to parades. Keep money and I.D. in pants pockets.

Extinguish hot coals after cooking.  Do not dump hot coals on the grass.

Obey all traffic signs and directions from officers.

Use common sense and treat others like you would want to be treated

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