Southdowns Parade changes route
BATON ROUGE- Construction forced a route change for a popular Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge.
Southdowns won't roll on its usual parade route Friday.
Instead, it'll go around sewer work and avoid Cloverdale, which is a popular street for the parade.
Cloverdale has been a part of the Southdowns Parade for 26 years, and many leaving along the route are thinking of a new plan.
The Southdowns Community is apart of the city's on going sewer work.
The city installed new piping but the Department of Public Works still needs to check the piping for leaks. Then the roads will have to be repaved, shutting down some of the streets in the area.
That means The Southdowns Parade will now go down Stanford instead of Cloverdale.
"We like to stay on small streets. It's a family neighborhood parade. That's where we like to be," says parade director, Greg DuCote.
The parade will start at 7p.m., its original time, and roll from Lee High School.