MCCA parade will have alcohol-free watch area

Published 4:10 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Magic City Carnival Association (MCCA), the city of Bogalusa and the Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services have announced that an “Alcohol, Drug and Smoke Free Zone” will be available for family and friends who are enjoying the MCCA Mardi Gras parade to be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Bogalusa.

ADAPT Executive Director Charlotte Fornea said the smoke, drug and alcohol-free zone is nothing new.

“We’ve been doing this for seven years,” Fornea said. “ADAPT, in partnership with a Drug-Free Communities grant and in collaboration with Florida Parish Human Services Authority and a grant from Louisiana Partnerships for Success, has been pleased to make this zone available. It has been greatly appreciated by the public.”

“Family Friendly Zones” have been established as tobacco-free, drug-free and alcohol-free zones along the Krewe of MCCA Mardi Gras parade route, where residents and guests can watch the parade with no smoking, drugs or alcohol in the designated zone located in front of the Bogalusa Branch Library.

The zone starts at the corner of West 3rd Street and Avenue F and runs to the corner of former LSU/BCM clinic adjoining property. The zone also includes Brown’s Funeral Home.

There will be bright yellow signs posted by ADAPT’s Washington Parish Youth Council in the zone area.

If any citizen is interested in making his or her yard alcohol or smoking free, feel free to join in the movement.