New Roads’ float riders check safety measures ahead of Mardi Gras

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Purple, Green and Gold banners, barricades and floats lining up; are sights that it’s the time to let the good times roll.

“The food is good, you don’t have to worry about your kids, it’s close proximity, the folks are friendly and you’ll catch a lot of beads.”

James Louis said, parading is a tradition for his family and prepping for safety is top priority.

“Each float has a fire extinguisher and your liability insurance” said Louis.

Last week, two people were killed in New Orleans by tandem floats and Sunday afternoon, two float riders fell off.

“That’s not a concern for us because we don’t have that large of floats.”

Float riders in new roads said, what happened in New Orleans is a reminder that things can happen in the blink of an eye.

“With that happening, that’s only going to heighten it even more for us. We’re going to keep our eyes open for and make sure everybody looks out for everybody because we don’t want any incidents out here” said Raf Louis.

As the floats sit, waiting for the Mardi Gras festivities. Louis said, their floats already follow guidelines, like what New Orleans’ mayor has now put in place.

“The floats will be a single level float pulled by a single tractor or truck.”

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