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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Mobile homes and RVs line Louisville Avenue in Monroe in preparation for Saturday's big Mardi Gras parade.

Tom Baker knows how hard it is to park each year for Monroe's big Mardi Gras parade.

"In the past they didn't really allow RVs to be a part of the parking arena," says Baker.

Due to overwhelming numbers of tailgaters in recent years, that's changed, and this year Baker is ready.

"We'll have chairs out, our awning out, it'll be a fun great afternoon tomorrow," says Baker.

A fun afternoon watching the Krewe of Janus parade roll by, and participants have been working countless hours preparing their floats, and of course, making sure they have enough beads...

"We brought in 50,000 pounds this year," says Mignon Spearman.

She says it's not all about the beads, though. Other than having a good time, the Krewe's main goal is to keep parade goers safe.

"We throw to the back of the crowd," says Spearman, "We want to encourage people to stay back from the float. We have walkers with poles to try to hold to crowd back."

The beads will start flying at 6:00pm Saturday on Trenton Street in West Monroe. The parade then heads over the bridge and down Louisville Avenue all the way to Breard Street.

Pro-tailgater Tom Baker already knows his main job at the parade, bead catcher.

"Now that we have two granddaughters, they want all they can get so I'm a pretty tall guy and if it's being slung through the air, they want me to be able to reach up and get it," says Baker.

Baker says it may be his first time tailgating for this event, but it's his twentieth visit to the parade, and this year he's watching in style.

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