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|Krewe of Janus prepares for silver anniversary celebration|
The Krewe of Janus is putting the finishing touches on its various floats in preparation for it Mardi Gras parade, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 26.
Float lieutenant Martha Mobley expects Krewe members will work through next week to finish decorating the floats. They'll also complete any needed maintenance work to make sure the floats are ready to roll.
Thousands of beads are now housed in the Krewe's headquarters on Louisville Avenue after recently receiving its shipment.
This year marks the Krewe's silver anniversary, and Mobley said to celebrate the 25 years of the Krewe's existence, they'll have a special float where past kings and queens will ride.
The Krewe also built a neon green float, which will be adorned with large wooden bead cutouts.
Mobley has been with the Krewe of Janus since 1999. She started out as a bead lieutenant but now works as one of the float lieutenants.
Bead lieutenants are responsible for picking the various beads the Krewe throws in the parade. They travel to New Orleans and look over beads and bring samples back to the Krewe of Janus members. Float lieutenants work on the floats, either building new ones, decorating old ones and keeping up with maintenance issues. Float lieutenants actually start their work around October of each year, and while there is more work involved, Mobley enjoys working on the floats most of all.
But no matter what her role is each year, Mobley is glad to be involved. It's one of her favorite events throughout the year.
"I like Mardi Gras better than Christmas. I look forward to it every year. My biggest thrill is when you see the excitement from the children after you hand them a big bead or a stuffed animal," Mobley said. "It's just a lot of fun."
This year's route will be the same as in previous years. There was some concern that the Louisville Bridge would not be accessible, but Mobley said Sen. Mike Walsworth made sure work on the bridge would not interfere with the parade.
"Good 'ole Mike," she said. "He'll be riding on my float."
Now, all she asks for is that people pray for good weather. She also hopes to see a large crowd on the night of the parade.
"Come on out and join us, we're going to have fun, and the more the merrier," Mobley said. "And make sure to yell out: 'Throw me something mister.'"
The parade will begin 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 on New Natchitoches Road in West Monroe. It will proceed to Trenton Street, where it will cross the Louisville Bridge and head to Breard Street in Monroe.