Krewe of Hannibal members wave during the 2017 Siracusa/Greenwood Community Mardi Gras Parade. As of Wednesday, all of the Tri-City area's parades were slated to go on as scheduled, but parade organizers said they make may some adjustments to the parade schedule in the event of inclement weather. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)
Tri-City parade schedule may see slight changes due to weather
A rainy forecast over the next few days may cause some minor adjustments to the Tri-City area Mardi Gras parade schedule. But the area’s final two tableaus will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather.
Parades will be held in the Tri-City area beginning Friday and continuing through Fat Tuesday. Also, the Krewe of Amani and Krewe of Hephaestus will each hold their tableaus Saturday night.
As of Wednesday, all of the parades were set to take place at the regularly scheduled times.
However, in the event of heavy rain or lightning, organizers said they may adjust the parade schedule around the inclement weather.
According to the National Weather Service forecast for Morgan City, there’s a 40 percent chance of showers Friday and 70 percent chance Friday night.
Saturday’s rain chance will stay at 70 percent, and Sunday’s chance of rain will fall to 50 percent. Monday is expected to have just a 20 percent chance of rain, but the rain chances will increase to 40 percent Tuesday, said meteorologist Kent Kuyper of the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office.
The men’s Krewe of Adonis will be the first Mardi Gras parade on tap in the Tri-City area’s Carnival season. The area’s only nighttime parade will start at 7 p.m. Friday.
Keith Leonard, Adonis permanent captain, said the parade is scheduled to go on at the usual time. If officials decide to change the Adonis parade schedule, they would announce that change Friday morning, Leonard said.
“But in our 43 years, (we’ve) never canceled or even postponed,” he said.
The parade start could be moved up slightly, “but unless it’s lightning, we usually roll,” he said.
Adonis’ procession will start at the intersection of Brashear and Federal avenues in Morgan City, proceed down Federal Avenue to Onstead Street, Sixth Street, Marguerite Street, Ninth Street, Brashear Avenue and Victor II Boulevard where it will end at the Myrtle Street intersection.
The Krewe of Dionysus will hold its alternating parade in Berwick this year at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Dionysus President Cynthia Marino said in an email that officials are still hoping to parade Saturday, but may have to change the start time to accommodate the weather.
Officials will wait to see an hourly forecast before making a decision, Marino said. Dionysus has secured a parade permit with Morgan City and have been invited by the Krewe of Galatea to roll behind their parade Sunday, if necessary, Marino said.
The Dionysus procession is set to line up on Gilmore Drive in Berwick and turn on John Street, Robichaux Street, Mount Street, Gilmore Drive, right on La. 182, Tournament Boulevard, Fairview Drive then to Pattie Drive, where it will disband at Berwick Junior High School.
The Krewe of Galatea will present its annual parade at 2 p.m. Sunday in Morgan City.
Deborah Garber, Galatea parade lieutenant, said officials will probably look at the weather forecast beginning Friday and then make a decision Saturday whether to hold the parade as scheduled.
The Galatea procession will organize on Second Street under the U.S. 90 Grizzaffi Bridge and proceed to Onstead Street, Sixth Street, Marguerite Street, Ninth Street, Clothilde Street, Victor II Boulevard and ending at the auditorium on Myrtle Street.
The children’s Krewe of Nike will parade behind Galatea.
Krewe of Amani’s Lundi Gras parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Monday in Patterson.
Amani founder Rodney Grogan, Patterson’s mayor, said the krewe’s Lundi Gras parade will roll at the regular time unless “it’s pouring down rain.”
The procession will line up at Patterson High School and proceed down La. 182 (Main Street) and end at the Place Norman Shopping Center.
The Krewe of Hephaestus will parade at 2 p.m. Fat Tuesday in Morgan City.
The procession will organize on Sixth and Sycamore streets and proceed down Sixth Street to Marguerite Street, Ninth Street, Clothilde Street, and Victor II Boulevard, ending at the auditorium on Myrtle Street.
The Siracusa/Greenwood Community Mardi Gras Parade will also be held at 2 p.m. Fat Tuesday in Siracusa Subdivision near Morgan City.
Parade Chairman Leroy Trim said if there’s heavy rain at the time of the parade, organizers will hold activities inside the Siracusaville Recreation Building.
Participants will line up on Siracusa Road at 1 p.m. and proceed to James Street and Grace Street before ending at the Siracusaville Recreation Center.
Krewe of Hannibal members will parade behind Dionysus, Amani and Siracusa.
In addition to the parades, the Krewe of Amani will celebrate 20 years of revelry when it presents its ball Saturday night. The Krewe of Hephaestus will also hold its tableau the same night.
Ball patrons are reminded that tableaus begin promptly and everyone should be seated prior to the krewe’s stated start time.
The Krewe of Amani will have its coronation at 8 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Area Civic Center. There will be no public balcony viewing. Making a farewell appearance will be King and Queen Amani XX Dale Piggott and Neva Francis-Jennings.
The oldest-chartered area krewe, the Krewe of Hephaestus, will hold its 58th carnival court at 8 p.m. Saturday at Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. Balcony viewing is free.
Taking to the stage for a final appearance will be King and Queen Hephaestus LVII David Patterson and Grace Pecoraro.