Each year, Mardi Gras parades are one of the biggest celebrations of culture in Lafayette.
But it’s not always easy to let the good times roll when you’re actually on wheels.
That’s where Lafayette Consolidated Government decided to step in with a special accessible zone for parade-goers.
“Just an area for citizens with disabilities in Lafayette who want to attend the parades,” LCG Disability Awareness Coordinator Liam Doyle says. “It gives them a specialized area to be able to go and make sure number one, they can see, and also be seen by our crews. It’s something the city’s been doing for a while, and we’re really excited to bring it back this year.”
For the past few years, the city has set up a zone for those with disabilities in front of Fire Station 5 at Johnston Street and St. Julien.
“Mardi Gras is a very exciting and happy time for the residents and anyone who travels here,” Lafayette Fire Dept. PIO Alton Trahan says. “But particularly, we want to make it accessible for those who can’t normally just go out and walk around the parade route. They can actually park at the fire station and access this area where they can enjoy the parade and all the festivities.”
“You know I cannot wait,” Doyle says. “Mardi Gras is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m really excited this is a project that has taken off in such a great way, and I’m looking forward to being out there myself and catching a lot of beads.”
The space is limited, so come early if you’d like to set up in the accessibility zone.