Annual parades in St. John the Baptist Parish are set to roll the weekend before Mardi Gras as tradition holds. The Towahpahsah Parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and the Krewe Du Monde Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 2.
St. John Parish officials have met with representatives from each parade as well as emergency responders and all agencies who assist with logistics for both parades. “Each year we meet to discuss what needs to be addressed and how we can make improvements for a better and safer parade,” said Jobe Boucvalt. “It’s an opportunity for all of our residents to enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere.”
The Towahpahsah and Krewe Du Monde Parades will follow their traditional routes in Reserve and LaPlace. Public bathrooms will be placed on parish servitudes throughout the parade routes for utilization by “parade-goers”. Streets will be closed approximately fifteen minutes before the parade arrives.
Roads are expected to close approximately 10 minutes before the parade arrives. Northbound lanes on Belle Terre Blvd at Fairway Blvd. are expected to close at approximately 12:30 p.m. until the parade ends. St. John the Baptist Parish as well as representatives from both parades ask that everyone remain safe along the parade routes. Emergency responders have developed a plan for response during parade times. "St. John has a rich tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras and we encourage residents to get out and enjoy both parades. They are family oriented parades with lots of great throws, beads and stuffed animals - come out and enjoy the fun", said Parish President Natalie Robottom.