City of Crowley to co-sponsor Easter parade

‘Greetings from Levy Park’ plans discussed

The Crowley City Council had one of their busier meetings Tuesday night as an Easter parade, the purchase of new police vehicles and planning for the music series Greetings from Levy Park were discussed. 

Greetings from Levy Park is a four-part music series which is free to the public. The event is the brainchild of Crowley businessmen Kyle Gordon, Keefer Kelbaugh and Crowley Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy Thibodeaux. The first installment of the series is on Thursday, March 22. 

Tuesday night the city council stated that there would be road closures in the four directions around Levy Park. The only cars that will be allowed on the streets will be those who live in the blocked off area who will be given special passes. 

Thibodeaux, who was in attendance, was asked about how those running the event would enforce the sale of alcohol to minors. She assured the council that IDs will be checked and that there would be officers on hand to oversee the operations.

“I’m also concerned with people bringing in their own beer,” said Crowley Mayor Greg Jones. 

Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson told Jones that the officers would enforce all the laws regarding alcohol consumption. 

“I just want to thank you Amy, as well as Keeffer and Kyle for all the hard work you’ve put in,” said Alderman Lyle Fogleman. 

Likewise, Thibodeaux thanked the council.

The city also agreed to co-sponsor an Easter parade which will be held on Saturday, April 12. 

“This is not a Mardi Gras at Easter parade,” said Jones. “This is for kids.” 

The parade will start on Third St. (near Frosto’s) and will roll down to Ave. J around the park. 

“It’s only for five blocks,” said Jones. “We’re going to see how this works out.” 

The city is also going to pursue the sale of a fleet of new police cars in a way that would save money for citizens. 

The city’s fleet of cars is aging and last year the city spent approximately $95,000 on repairs. With the new deal the city is eyeing, the city could buy the cars and possibly have them under warranty for the next two years. 

“For example, say we spent $500,000 on the cars and could save $200,000 on repairs over the next two years,” said Chief Gibson. “This would be very effective cost saving measure.”

Also, the council agreed to award a beer/liquor permit to Jose Chavez who runs El Paso Mexican Restaurant on Oddfellows Rd.  

There will be much more on the council meeting in the Thursday edition of the Crowley Post-Signal. 

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