Mardi Gras

St. Mary /Vermilion Krewe of Head Start Parade Set To Roll Feb. 16

FRANKLIN, La. - The much anticipated 2019 St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start Krewe of Head Start Parade is set to roll down the streets of Franklin Saturday, February 16th, beginning at 1:00 pm.  The parade began in 1993 as the Head Start Program’s major recruitment tool for pre-school children aged 3 to 5.  It is also a marketing venue for all the services currently offered by our agency.


This year’s theme is Looking Back into Head Start, We are Family. “We want to pay homage to the 50 plus years of memories we have built and families we have served through our Head Start Program,” said CEO Almetra J. Franklin. “This year’s Krewe of Head Start Parade will allow us to commemorate the pivotal eras that helped shape our program.”  This year’s Grand Marshall is Franklin Mayor Eugene Foulcard, who is a former Head Start parent, and the agency’s former Finance Director.  Other special guests have been invited.


Entry fees are being waivered for all DJs wanting to participate in the parade.  Line up begins at 11:00 am at the Franklin Senior High School parking lot.  The parade route is approximately two miles and leaves from the high school turns onto Main Street and proceeds through downtown Franklin.


The deadline for all parade entries is Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 4 pm.  An entry form may be obtained at the St. Mary CAA Central Office, located at 1407 Barrow Street in Franklin.  This form must be completed and returned along with a copy of a driver’s license and proof of insurance.  For more information, please contact David Teno or Jeffery Beverly at 337-828-5703.


Fees for participants are as follows:

Floats & Flatbeds -                           $35.00

Trucks & Cars -                                  $25.00

Dance/Drill Teams -                         $10.00

Motorcycles/4-Wheelers -            $10.00

Walkers -                                             $  5.00


In addition to the parade, the St. Mary Parish Early Childhood Network, of which St. Mary CAA is Lead Agency, is hosting a coordinated enrollment event prior to the start of the parade.  This will be held in the parking lot of Franklin Senior High School beginning at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Parents of

pre-school aged children are invited to come and early enroll their child for any of the following schools in St. Mary Parish:

  • A Child’s Place Learning Center                 Barney & Baby Bop #2                        Chitimacha Tribal School
  • Glencoe Charter School                             Joslyn’s Fun Learning Center             Pam’s Personal Touch
  • St. Mary CAA Head Start                            Verdunville Outreach Daycare          St. Mary Parish School Board
  • Yaamahana Child Development Center                                                                  (All schools serving pre-k)

For more information, please call Mary Grim Howard at 337-828-5703.

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