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Parade road closures hurt business on Antique Alley

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Mardi Gras parades taking over the Twin Cities may not be good news to everyone. Several store owners along the parade route say the fun festivities hurt their business.

The Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade brings thousands to Monroe and West Monroe every year. While everyone is ready to let the good times roll, the large parade crowd really isn't providing a boost in business for shops on Antique Alley.

"There will be a lot of people, but access to the stores is going to be limited and I think that has a negative impact on sales," says Cecil Willis of Southern Lady Antiques.

Willis says the biggest problem during holidays is parking, and this weekend many downtown streets are closed for the parades. He hopes a new parking lot is in the near future for Antique Alley.

"To have ample parking it would take something like that," says Willis, "You'd have to use available space, down here and there's only 2 or 3 vacant lots."

Other shop owners say the only business they see on parade day is early in the day when family events are happening downtown.

"During the day, yes, we're are going to have business," says Meshawn Murphy of Jewelry Galore Plus More, "but as soon as the pet parade is over and the big parade starts, they're not coming to shop, of course, they are coming to celebrate Mardi Gras."

Business owners agree that there's certainly no harm in celebrating Fat Tuesday, but more people does not mean more business.

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