Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras was a parade to remember

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE)- The 37th annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade was a lively experience on Saturday.

The parade started on Natchitoches Street in West Monroe, turning left onto Trenton Street, and crossed the Lea Joyner Bridge. It ended on Oliver Road in Monroe.

Floats rolled through the streets. There was music, dancing, and of course, a lot of beads.

“We got a lot of beads, so it was worth it,” said parade-goer Tia Jackson.

Others weren’t so lucky.

Parade-goer Connie Young said, “I come for the big beads, so far, I haven’t gotten any.”

Regardless, it was a parade to remember. Crowds lined the streets with their family and friends to honor the biggest celebration of the year in Monroe.

The day started with the Krewe of Paws pet parade that rolled through Antique Alley in West Monroe at 1 p.m. Pet owners brought their furry friends dressed in costume and they strolled down Trenton Street.

From 2 to 6 p.m., there was live music playing at Alley Park featuring blues-rock band “Four on the Floor.”

Following the live music at Alley park, was the Jester Jog 5k race. Runners ran down the Mardi Gras parade route, and then back around to West Monroe. Participants enjoyed King Cake as a treat for finishing the race, and all participants were gifted finisher beads.