WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Volunteers with Ouachita Green and other organizations cleaned up the streets Sunday after Mardi Gras parade rolled through the twin cities.
“Volunteering for a cleanup like this one today is a pretty special experience," says Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, West Monroe downtown manager.
It's an effort she says starts during the parade though. "We decided to found the very first Krewe of Klean in the Twin Cities to really help encourage people to decrease their litter and environmental impact during the Mardi Gras season. We of course love our throws and our beads, but we can also be responsible revelers."
LaFrance-Wells and the other volunteers picked up litter along the parade route throughout West Monroe. "We're picking up Styrofoam cups. We're picking up Mardi Gras beads, just candy wrappers, things that people caught, or maybe things that were there before," LaFrance-Wells says.
"Both cities picked up the majority of the litter,” says Stuart Hodnett, Ouachita Green director. “We picked up the smaller litter. I think we're going to pick up probably several hundred pounds."
Hodnett says the amount of litter isn't as much as it could have been though, which is a good sign. "The revelers that came out to the parade yesterday did a really good job picking up their own litter, and we appreciate that. We want to continue to see that success throughout Ouachita Parish."
There will be another cleanup next Sunday, the day after the Krewe of Janus’s Mardi Gras parade. More volunteers will be welcome to help clean up. They will meet at Alley Park in downtown West Monroe at 1 p.m.