Crews tackle double dose of parade trash on Valentine's Day

By Keitha Nelson - bio | email

Baton Rouge, LA (WAFB) - Mardi Gras continues in New Orleans, but in Baton Rouge the parades have passed and cleaning crews got a little something extra this year.

With the introduction of Baton Rouge's newest parade, Poseidon, the streets of downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday were littered with the remnants of not just one -- but two Mardi Gras parades.

The Krewe of Poseidon's parade followed Spanish Town's "XXX Press It" Saturday on the downtown streets.

"It was pretty hectic out here this morning," said Chris Livous of the Department of Public Works. "You couldn't see the streets or sidewalks."

Livous heads a different kind of "krewe." His workers hit the streets at 6 a.m. About 40 DPW workers and nearly a dozen men from the Department of Corrections hauled off tons of trash.

Livous says his crew has been doing this for years now. As the Spanish Town Parade's popularity grows, so does the trash.

"I think this is the most trash that we've seen," said Livous.

Homeowners also did their part by picking up beads, cups and cans from their yards and sidewalks. Most Spanish Town residents don't seem to mind the mess.

"Mardi Gras has been going on for 30 plus years," said Anne Spiece, a Spanish Town resident. "When you live here you get used to it."

Livous vowed to have his crew finished cleaning and out of downtown by 5 p.m. at the latest so they could have some time to spend time with their loved ones on Valentines day.

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