Lafayette Consolidated President Joey Durel says hats off to the Public Works Department. The bigger the parade the more work they will have to do. "They work all night long. So you can get up and go to work or school the next day. Almost don't even realize there was a parade the day before," says Durel.
Street Superintendent, Jeff Olivier says there are 5,500 barricades to pick up and not to mention the trash. "We started planning mid-December. We have meetings with everybody; the police department, Mardi Gras officials."
Olivier says his crew will be at the end of the parade - picking up what parade goers throw down. Tuesday begins a definite 7 to 8 hour job of clearing the streets. "The guys have been doing it for quite some time. It's an really easy task with them on board. We just have our meetings and preparation and the guys get out there and do what they do best."
Last year - public works filled seven of their roll-out 30 yard waste containers. Olivier says pending on the weather Tuesday, there could be a smaller crowd which will mean less trash.