HARAHAN, La. (WDSU) — The city of Harahan is planning a carnival parade in May.
Mayor Tim Baudier said it’s been decades since anything like this has happened.
“We think it will be incredible for our businesses to have this and just bring back some kind of normalcy,” Baudier said. “It is going to be a real parade a real full-size parade.”
Baudier said The Krewe of Kings which rolls in Metairie will roll in Harahan on May 30.
Mac Cantrell, the captain for The Krewe of Kings, told WDSU if everything works out he is planning on leaving Metairie for good and staying in Harahan.
Currently, there are no carnival parades in Harahan.
Although the federal government expects most Americans will not have full access to the vaccine by July, Baudier feels by May vaccination levels could be high enough to put a parade on.
Baudier said businesses are struggling and they need something so they can survive.
Baudier said crews are making adjustments to power lines and trees along the route so floats could fit.
Baudier said floats could start at Hord Street and make their way down Jefferson Highway.
“We will do everything we can to have everyone wear masks and respect others and just hope we are closer to normal than we are now because it will be hard to keep everyone socially distanced on a parade route. We are going to do our best and ask everyone to respect everyone,” Baudier said. “Well I mean if you don’t feel safe to come out to the parade don’t come out to the parade.”
The state department of health said “It’s too early to determine where we will be in May. The science and data will guide any decisions made, as they have all along.”
Baudier says he is open to the idea of pushing the parade back to a later date if needed.
“Mardi Gras has always been a part of who we are,” Baudier said. “Harahan is so close to New Orleans and to just bring a little taste of it back to our city would be incredible. I have a dream one day that I would love to turn Jefferson Highway into a St. Charles style avenue.”