Krewe of Zeus alters route, will resubmit permit to parade through Ormond
The original route would have taken the krewe from Ormond Plantation on River Road west to Ormond Boulevard. The parade would have then traveled northbound on Ormond Boulevard to Greenwood Drive before turning around and retracing the route.
After a meeting held with St. Charles Parish officials on Tuesday, the krewe decided to alter the route in order to maximize safety by allowing emergency vehicles to access more of the Ormond area during the parade. The Krewe of Zeus had to withdraw their original permit after making the route change and will now resubmit a permit for the new route.
The parade will still make a u-turn on Greenwood Drive, but on the way back the parade will cross over on Plantation Road and head back down the side of the street where they originally passed through.
“(The new route) still accomplishes the same thing for us and keeps the parade unique. It maximizes safety…we don’t want to do anything that’s not safe,” the krewe's captain, who by tradition is not supposed to be identified, said.
He added that the parade through Ormond would be smaller than the one the krewe has held in Metairie in past years. They would not be rolling in large floats that would necessitate the need to cut trees in the area.
“It is going to be smaller, more unique and opens up the door to more creativity,” the captain said.
If the new permit is approved, the parade would take place on Feb. 7 and would roll at night.
The Krewe of Zeus will also hold a town hall meeting in early August to inform the residents of Ormond about their new plan.
“We want to hear from all the citizens of Ormond that are affected and have concerns,” the captain said. “We want to alleviate those concerns and tell them our plan.”
The town hall meeting has not be scheduled yet. Check back with www.heraldguide.com for more details next week.
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