The city of Youngsville is prepping for its annual Mardi Gras Parade, scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, at 11 am. This year's event promises a lineup of 80 floats and entries, highlighted by the participation of Division 1 NCAA softball teams.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming parade in Youngsville.

Grand Marshal Announcement

Gerald Gruenig, a renowned local media personality from KLFY News 10 and social media figure, will lead the parade as this year's Grand Marshal. Gruenig is celebrated for his resilience as a cancer survivor, his musical talent in zydeco, and his popularity as a food content creator.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the sponsor of this year's Grand Marshal, is expanding its presence in Acadiana, with plans for a new location in Youngsville.

Parade Setup Guidelines

- Parade-goers are advised against setting up along the parade route before the morning of February 10th.

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- The city has designated city medians, sidewalks, and road right of ways as off-limits to ensure smooth parade operations.
- Any items placed on public property before parade day are subject to removal.

Parking Information

- Parking will be available in the south-bound bike lane on Chemin Metairie and at the soccer parking lot of the Youngsville Sports Complex.
- Parking in medians or public rights of way is prohibited, with enforcement actions including towing for violations.

Road Closure Details

- Roads will close at 9 am on parade day, with potential earlier closures depending on traffic conditions.
- Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure their spots and avoid being affected by the road closures.

The Youngsville city officials and parade organizers are calling for cooperation from all attendees to ensure a safe and fun celebration as south Louisiana continues to enjoy Mardi Gras.

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