Residents upset, utility work forced Southdowns parade to change route

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 1:25pm

If you're a regular of the Southdowns parade, then you'll notice some changes to the route this year. The parade will not roll down Cloverdale to Perkins, and that has people who live there pretty upset.

People living along Cloverdale had no warning about the change.

"We received no telephone calls," Vivian Guttner, who has watched the parade pass by her home for more than 20 years. "We received no flyers from the association or the city parish."

The Southdowns parade won't roll down their street instead it will stay along Stanford Avenue.

"[They] said it was not going to go down Cloverdale, because it's a mess we're having sewerage renovations down the street. It's been a mess since August," Mary Helen Heroman, long time Cloverdale home owner, explained.

Residents usually deck out their homes for a huge party during the Mardi Gras season.

"It was a huge fun activity. We've had bands at my house. We've had hundreds of people here, okay," Guttner laughed.

Now the neighborhood is filled with dust, debris, and dashed dreams of grandkids catching beads in the comfort of their grandparents' yards.

"She had already instructed her grandfather where he should park the truck, so they could stand in the back of it. So, her friends could come and catch beads. It's just a disappointment," Guttner said.

"My grandkids, they love to come here and be with us. and now they'll have to go else where and that's really sad," Heroman exclaimed.

City-parish workers are still fixing sewerage pipes on the street and resident's say it's not safe for the krewe to parade down.

Guttner warns walking down the torn up road could be a liability: "I mean there are many many pot holes. It's dark on the street at night. There are many people walking in the parade. You have bands not to mention the floats getting those pot holes."

People aren't giving up on the parade yet.

"Yes we will be back as long as this is fixed and finished, because it's not safe," Heroman said.

Meanwhile, they're making sure no one's confused about this year's parade.

"They are turning out the lights. It's like Halloween. [If] you don't want to participate, there's nothing going on, you turn your lights out," Guttner instructed.

For more information on Southdowns parade and the new route click here.

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