Who doesn’t love a parade? A pre- National Night Out parade will be rolling through downtown tonight at 6 pm, featuring Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith and a variety of floats and marching units, from a Second Line Band to judges ‘throwing the book’ at crime, to walkers and members of the horseback mounted patrol. Several of the units will have throws. The parade is intended to draw additional attention to the importance of participating in National Night Out.
The main route of the parade will run from the 600 block of Texas Street east to Edwards Street and north to Caddo and the staging area.
National Night Out, the night cities give a ‘going-away’ party to crime, is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Shreveport-Bossier City. Already in Shreveport, dozens of neighborhoods have signed up to host yard and block parties, to grill out, play yard games, and welcome neighbors. The events help tighten neighborhood bonds so important in preventing and fighting crime.
The parade is scheduled to start at 6 pm and should last for about 30 minutes. Streets along the route will begin closing at roughly 5:30 and will stay closed until the parade is finished. Businesses along the route are encouraged to have signs and participate and encourage customers to come out and enjoy the parade. All are invited and encouraged to attend to help the city ‘Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party’!