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Monroe area parade information for Feb. 11th

Posted: Updated: Feb 9, 2012 11:00 AM

OUACHITA PARISH, La., (KNOE 8 News) - There are three Mardi Gras parades scheduled for this Saturday, the 11th, here in the Monroe area.

The first one, Saturday morning, will be the children's parade. This parade will be held at the Pecanland Mall Center Court. Registration begins at 9:30am and the parade will begin an hour later at 10:30am. Children, up to the age of 10, are invited to walk, roll, or ride around the center court and food court area along with the Krewe of Janus King and Queen and their courts, including JJ the Jungle Gym Elephant, Miss ULM, Jessica Gilbert, Ace the ULM Warhawk, Moe from Eskimoes, Bearmy from Buildabear and many others. Trophies will be awarded in several categories and the judges will choose "King of the Jungle" grand prize winner.

For more information on this parade, call 322-5523 or email junglegym@comcast.net.

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The second parade of the day will be the PAWS of NE Louisiana annual parade at 1:30pm.

The Krewe of Paws parade will be held on Commerce Street (Antique Alley) in West Monroe. Entry fees are $20 for the first pet and $10 for each additional pet. There will also be costume and float contests with prizes being awarded for the best costume in the following categories: small dog, large dog, and non-canine (this would include cats, ferrets, guinea pigs, and the like)

Grand Marshals of the pets parade will be the 2012 winners of the Dancing with the Louisiana Stars competition. On Saturday morning, registration, face-painting, and children's games begin at 11am. Contest judging is at Noon, and parade line-up is scheduled for 1pm...with the parade itself rolling at 1:30pm.

For more information on the Paws Parade, call 397-0007 or visit www.pawsnela.org.

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 The third parade on Saturday will be the Krewe of Janus parade, which begins at 6pm.

PARADE ROUTE

The parade begins at Thomas and Natchitoches in West Monroe, following Natchitoches until it turns left onto Trenton, then on Trenton to the Lea Joyner bridge where it crosses the river onto Louisville and follows Louisville to Briard.

ROAD CLOSURE/PARKING ENFORCEMENT

The Twin Cities Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 11.

PARKING NOTICE: Trenton Street and Cotton Street will close to all vehicle traffic beginning at 8am. February 11th. to provide a safe environment for all pedestrians. These streets will be closed from Bridge Street to Wood Street.

NO PARKING OF VEHICLES ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE WILL BE PERMITTED.
Any vehicles parked along the parade route, will be towed, at owner expense, beginning promptly at 8am, Saturday, February 11.

General Safety Tips

Keep in mind that law enforcement will be "everywhere" during the parade, "The whole department will be there," this from each law enforcement departments' leadership, and they will be focusing on keeping order and making sure there are no drivers who are "under the influence", as well as watching for and putting a stop to any other criminal activity.

Take care of your kids:

•Always tell your children to find a police officer if they are lost. If they can't find an officer, go to a women with small children. They are much more likely to be safe with a Mom.

•Write your cell phone number on your child's arm with a marker. Better to have the problem of getting her arm clean than the alternative.

•Write your phone number, the child's name and any other pertinent info on a piece of paper and put it in your child's pocket.

•Take your child's picture with your cell phone before you head out for the day. If the worse happens you can show police exactly what he/she looks like and what he/she's wearing.

And again, because it's worth repeating:

•Remember do not drink and drive, not only because you could get in a serious accident or hurt someone else, but because police are on the streets specifically looking for intoxicated drivers. Take beads home with you, not a DUI.('Driving Under the Influence' Ticket)  

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