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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Library Mardi Gras krewes set to roll

Library Mardi Gras krewes set to roll

Ready for some pint-sized Mardi Gras fun? The Lafourche Parish Public Library’s annual Mardi Gras parades for children are set to roll.

This year, five library branches, including the library’s three main branches, will host Mardi Gras krewes for children. All children are welcome to participate in the parades, either as krewe members or spectators, and participation is free. Registration is not required.

Each year, the Thibodaux, Lockport, and South Lafourche branches organize krewes for kids, with good participation from local Head Start classrooms and other area preschoolers. This year, the Bayou Blue and Larose branch libraries are also offering a safe and enjoyable Mardi Gras experience for children.

For safety, children are not allowed to ride in motorized vehicles, but can either walk or ride in decorated or undecorated wagons or strollers. Children, however, must be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver.

Children are welcome to come in costume and should bring their own throws. Those wanting to ride or walk in the parades should arrive at least a half-hour before the parade is set to begin.

LOCKPORT BRANCH LIBRARY: The Lockport Branch Library’s Krewe of Once Upon a Time will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 12 near the Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum, 110 Main Street, Lockport, in conjunction with a museum display celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Krewe of Apollo.

LAROSE BRANCH LIBRARY, 305 E. Fifth Street: The Larose Branch Library’s Krewe de Fantasie will start at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, immediately after the library’s Mardi Gras Storytime at 11 a.m., so stop by early for Storytime.

SOUTH LAFOURCHE BRANCH, 16241 E. Main Street, Galliano: The South Lafourche Branch Library’s Krewe of Les Petites Enfants will roll at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 13, in the library parking lot.

Be on the lookout for the Lafourche Parish Public Library’s mascot Garcon the Gator, who will lead each of the library system’s carnival krewes.

SPECATORS WELCOME…AND NEEDED! The children who take part in the library’s preschool parades always have a good time. They are enthusiastic krewe members, but need parade-goers to toss their throws to. So if you have some time to spare, consider dropping by one of their parades and helping to make their day a great one.

Katina Gaudet is the librarian at the South Lafourche Public Library. She can be reached at 632-7140 or