UPDATE: Here is the schedule of events from the City of West Monroe.

Here is the full press release today from the Monroe Police Department concerning alcohol, weapons, and lost children:

The 2019 Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade is set to roll out on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm. 
“NO WEAPONS” of any kind will be allowed on any persons along the parade route.
Lost Children:  All children who become lost / separated from their parents or responsible guardians will be taken to one of two MPD command post setup during the parade.
1st location:
MPD command post will be established at 1400 Louisville Ave. (Catfish Cabin Lot)
2nd location:
MPD B.A.T will be positioned at N.2nd St. at Washington St; and will be established as a secondary command post.
On February 16, 2019 an open container alcohol exemption has been approved by the Monroe City officials for this event.  A two block “corridor” North and South of the parade route during the times of 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and will allow open containers of alcoholic beverages.  
The legal age for consuming any alcoholic beverage in the state of Louisiana is twenty-one years old.  Any person found under the age of twenty-one drinking alcohol or any person found contributing of alcohol to a minor will be arrested.  It is the goal of the Monroe Police department and all participating law enforcement agencies to provide a safe and family friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy.

(2/14/2019) The 2019 Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade is this Saturday February 16, 2019. 

Our broadcast of the parade starts in our 6 p.m. newscast on NBC 10 this Saturday, and will continue until 7 p.m. We are also streaming the parade on myarklamiss.com, the KTVE app, and on our Facebook page. 

There is a new route this year. The parade starts at 6 p.m. It will still begin at 1118 Natchitoches Street and end on Louisville Avenue at Oliver Road, but it will change up a bit in downtown Monroe.

The parade will travel from Natchitoches Street to Trenton Street where it will cross over the Louisville bridge, then it will head down Walnut street then onto Washington then onto N. 2nd street and onto Louisville Avenue.

Find out more about the parade route in this video below:

Staying safe at the parade is vital. Watch this video below to learn the best place to stand if you want to catch lots of beads.

Finally, there is a lot of history with the Krewe of Janus. This parade has been around since 1984, when crowds were estimated at 35,000.

The Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade is one of the biggest events in the area and brings in around 175,000 people each year and has been recognized as one of the top 20 tourism events in the south for several years!

This is the 36th year that the Krewe of Janus parade has rolled. The theme this year is “Under the Big Top”.

Watch this video below to see more about the history of the Krewe, including why they chose Janus.