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Four Unplugged Plays Mardi Gras Themed Free Concert at the Bogue Falaya Park

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Next Thursday we will be Chillin’ at the River again, this time for a Mardi Gras themed concert. On February 11th at 5:15 pm, join the City of Covington at the Bogue Falaya Park for some free live music and socially distanced fun!

These concerts are put on to provide safe, family friendly entertainment with social distancing in mind. Enjoy the scenic sprawling landscape of our beautiful park while listening to local live music. Bring your picnic, your lawn chairs and your beads! Masks are required, sanitation and social distancing circles will be available.

Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade Happening NOW!

from the City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events FB page, click to see more!

The Covington Trailhead is all decked out for Mardi Gras! Check it out while you tour the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade, going on now until Mardi Gras Day, February 16th, 2021.

Visit www.covla.com to sign up for Mayor Mark’s email updates!

from the City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events FB page, click to see more!
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Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade Kicks Off This Saturday

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Mardi Gras 2021 may have taken on a new form, but the spirit of the season lives on in Covington with the Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Float Parade, kicking off Saturday January 23 through Mardi Gras Day, February 16, 2021.

Covington’s krewe was created to provide a safe alternative way for locals to still participate in festival activities. Walk or drive around Covington to view over 40 beautifully decorated homes and businesses at your leisure. Stay tuned to the Covington Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats Facebook page for updates on maps of participating locations.

Purchase locally hand-made commemorative throws for this historic Mardi Gras season! From the Copperhead Studios website: “Created by local artists, hand painted on birch, these are a more sustainable option, both for the environment, and for our local economy. Shop Small – Keep art alive and kicking in Louisiana”

Missed the deadline to register your business for the map? You can still decorate your property and be involved! Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers encourages utilizing the help of local artists in the design of your house float; visit their page to learn more.

Covington locals work on “Aquarius Rolls on the River” house float on New Hampshire Street. From the Covington Rollin’ on the 3 Rivers House Floats FB page.
Tag your art: #r3r2021 #housefloats
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58th Annual Lions Club Parade Mardi Gras Day

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On “Fat” Tuesday, February 28th head to a fun, family finale of “Carnival in Covington 2017” festivities!  Revelers can expect an enhanced and heightened Lions Club Parade, thanks to the energies of Club members and community volunteers who have joined together to uplift and enrich the concluding day of the season in Covington.  Carnival in Covington encompasses the entire Mardi Gras season, officially launched this year by Covington’s own Twelfth Night Marching Club – the St. John Fools of Misrule.  This festive stroll through our historic downtown by the ornately costumed “Fools” sparks the City’s Mardi Gras festivities to follow suit in revelry!

Our local schools and students spend months practicing in preparation for parade day.  “Dancescape Divas & Dudes” have been performing in the Olympia parade and entertaining parade-goers for the past four years.  Artistic director Jessica Boudreau and assistant director Rebecca Boudreau, owners and operators of Dancescape Studios, spend hundreds of hours choreographing routines, designing costumes and expanding their studio rehearsals to include parade marching practice.

Led by 2017 Honorary Grand Marshal – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Lions Club Parade highlights embrace marchers, motor units and skillfully drawn, crafted and hand-painted float enrichments.

Celebrity guest riders include Saints Superfans:  “Saints Joker”, “Dat Fireman”, “Ye Olde Helmet Guy”, and “Mack the Quack”.  Businesses and non-profits were encouraged to join the parade this year and you’ll see quite a few represented including the English Tea Room, Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs, and James Storehouse.

A significant “face-lift” will be visible in the floats this year.  Through contacts made by Committee members, New Orleans artist, Jared Osterhold, has designed, created props, and led volunteers in hand-painting of the parade floats.  Jared started working in the Mardi Gras business in high school – painting floats and sculpting props – and continued in this off and on for a few years.  His props have appeared on NCIS: New Orleans.  He has illustrated over twenty books for publishers such as Simon & Schuster, for the acclaimed “Olivia” series, and McGraw Hill.  He maintains a steady freelance client list for various illustration and design work.

“The Parade Committee has worked hard to bring the citizens of Covington and the surrounding areas a fresh and enhanced parade, with a New Look, New Life and New Excitement.  Our hope is to make Covington a Carnival Day alternative destination,” Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, Parade Committee Chairman.  The Lions Club Parade starts at 10:00 a.m., and follows the traditional Covington parade route (map available on covla.com, back of page & covingtonweekly.com!).

But it doesn’t end there – the high spirits of “Carnival in Covington” ignite at the Covington Trailhead immediately following, 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., 419 North New Hampshire Street, where all parade-goers are invited to gather with family and friends to continue the merriment, enjoy music, face painting and craft activities for the children’s amusement.  A presentation of float, antique car, and dance team awards will also take place, plus food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Whether or not you’ve been to Covington on Mardi Gras Day before, join us on February 28th, as a refreshing “Fat” Tuesday awaits you, and start your family’s “Carnival in Covington” tradition this year!

For Additional Information:
Larry Rolling, Parade Committee Chairman
Covington
City Councilman Dist. D
985-502-8586   rollingdistrictd@aol.com

Mardi Gras Day in Covington  After the parade, some of the businesses downtown will be open, including The English Tea Room & Eatery, The Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe.  Keep up with what’s happening downtown at covingtonweekly.com.

 

 

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Coffee With Mayor Cooper Recap

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Mayor Cooper Highlights 2017 City Events

Wednesday was a beautiful morning for Coffee With Mayor Cooper at the Covington Trailhead Museum. The room was packed, and Mayor Cooper discussed some of the upcoming events in 2017.
The Lions Club Parade, Covington’s family oriented day parade, is getting an upgrade.  Patrick McKnight, the Covington Lions Club Chairman, invites participants to the 58th Annual Mardi Gras Day Parade!  This year’s theme is “Playtime.”  The 2017 Covington Lions Club Honorary Grand Marshall is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and you could be right there along with him.
After the parade, be sure to catch the merriment at the Covington Trailhead with an awards ceremony for the floats and antique cars.  Music, food and fun await at Carnival in Covington 2017, a family Fat Tuesday tradition.  To pick up an application, or for more information, contact Kirstie at the Department of Cultural Arts, phone number 985-892-1873.  The Krewe of Olympia parade  rolls on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The Mayor mentioned a couple of March events, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, presented by the Covington Celtic Club and ending near Jewel’s Cigar & Briar.  Also happening in March is the Youth Service Bureau annual fundraiser, Chef Soiree.  This event will again take place at the Covington Trailhead with some of the best restaurants on the Northshore participating.
April brings some of Downtown’s most popular events, with the return of Rockin’ the Rails (Line up will be posted as soon as it’s finalized by the City!), St. Tammany Art Association’s Spring For Art, and of course, A Taste of Covington, both taking place the second week/weekend of April!  The Covington Heritage Foundation Antiques Festival returns the third weekend of April also, and the OnStage at the Fuhrmann series continues through 2017.
Mayor Cooper turned the floor over to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz with regard to the Police’s Department’s award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission.  The MCC awarded the Department the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in recognition of Operation Angel, a drug abatement and crime prevention initiative.  The award was received January 24, 2017.  Chief Lentz noted that over 100 people have been helped by the program, and crime is down %14 overall for 2016.

Mayor Cooper Discusses Road Projects

Mayor Cooper’s informal meeting also included some important information about the much anticipated road work projects around Covington.  He related that the contractor working on the 15th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch gave assurances that it would be completed at the end of this week(!), when the official notification is given from the City, Covington Weekly will update.
With regard to the Washout Project on 15th, Mayor Cooper stated that Open Bidding begins February 8, and Bids are selected by DOTD.  Cooper also noted that the culverts would be replaced to increase capacity, with the project focusing on DOTD upgrades as opposed to FEMA requirements.  The Mayor also informed the audience that Councilman Wright is hosting a meeting for River Forest Residents at Kehoe France on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, with regard to that project and other street paving projects.
Mayor Cooper reported that the Highway 21 Bridge Project is on schedule, with State projections for a finish date at late Spring/ early Summer;  Cooper added that his projections were late summer, to the agreement and amusement of those in the audience skeptical of road work finish dates.

Public Feedback at Coffee With Cooper

Two separate issues discussed as questions from the audience included incidents of speeding in and near the Savannahs Subdivision, and sewerage infrastructure.
The speeding problem stems from the fact that the neighborhood is used as a cut-through when it should be local access only.  Mayor Cooper noted that the speed limit was dropped to 20 mph, stop signs were added, and patrols increased, but there are still speeders.
In other areas of the country, police departments have installed a speed check with a camera that will take a picture of the license plate and automatically send a ticket to the speeding vehicle.  While this method has been contested depending on the application, it seems both a reasonable and feasible solution to a continuing problem that has not been solved by traditional and previously mentioned measures.
The sewerage infrastructure issue is a common one in the city ever since the flooding of March 2016.  Other factors affecting sewerage and plumbing infrastructure include root intrusion, common in areas with many trees.

City of Covington Special Municipal Election

The City of Covington holds a special Municipal Election to fill the Council Seat formerly held by Lee Alexius, who passed away last year.  Mr. Alexius is remembered as a family man, dedicated council member and founding member of the Covington Heritage Foundation, among many other contributions to the community.  The qualifying candidates in the March 25th election are Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.

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Mardi Gras 2016 in Downtown Covington

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On Lundi Gras (that’s Monday), Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe presents The Grahawk Band and the Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians for The Rampart Revival Show. Featuring Music, Dancing, Drinks, Food and Costume Contest, show begins at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover.

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Krewe of Covington Lions Club Parade rolls through downtown Covington Mardi Gras Day at 10:00 a.m., following the same route as the Krewe of Olympia – see route here.  The Covington Lions Club has brought the celebration of Mardi Gras to downtown Covington since 1959.

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Mystic Krewe of Covington follows the Lions Club Parade. Founded in 1951 by the Knights of Columbus, this krewe was once called the “Krewe of KaaCee.”  Have a very safe and happy Mardi Gras from Covington Weekly! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

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City of Covington 2016 Parade Parking

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City of Covington Logo 2015The City of Covington welcomes all parade-goers this Mardi Gras season and in an effort to provide a pleasant and enjoyable experience, the City would like to remind visitors of parking regulations as designated in Covington Code of Ordinances, Sec. 86-40 – Public Safety:
(g)  Parking shall be prohibited along any parade route within the first 25 feet of any intersection, any neutral ground, or as properly posted.  Also, the distance of parked vehicles off the edge of the roadway shall be a minimum of four (4) feet.  (h)  There shall be no parking on the parade route to secure preferred parking more than 36 hours prior to the scheduled parade or 24 hours after the conclusion, postponement, or cancellation of any scheduled parade, or as properly posted.  In observance to parade parking regulations, vehicles may park prior to the parade as follows:
Krewe of Olympia parade parking may begin on Friday, January 29th at 6:00 A.M.
Mardi Gras Day parade parking may begin on Sunday, February 7th at 10:00 P.M.
Visit the City of Covington website  to view the parade route at www.covla.com.
As a reminder to those participating in the Mardi Gras festivities, please make sure to lock your vehicles and place your belongings in a safe, secure and concealed location of your automobile.  The Covington Police Department will be at full force during these times to assure that our residents and visitors have a safe and fun filled Mardi Gras.
For additional information, contact Aimee Faucheux, Cultural Arts & Events Director 985.892.1873

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Covington Parades on Mardi Gras Day 2015

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Wonder Woman public domainCovington celebrates Mardi Gras with our annual day parades! On Fat Tuesday, February 17th, the Covington Lions Club kicks of the festivities at 10 am. Immediately following is the Mystic Krewe of Covington, with the theme “Female Superheros”. The parade will follow the usual route, see map below.

Read about the City of Covington’s Parade Parking Regulation for 2015

Mardi Gras Day Parade route map

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Fat Tuesday: Mystic Krewe of Covington, Lion’s Club & Lyra

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images from http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/

images from http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/

Fat Tuesday is here at last! Mardi Gras Day in Covington is a lively time. Everyone is out enjoying the city and a few local businesses are joining in the fun. The Lion’s Club will start off at 10 am, following its traditional route. This year’s theme will be “Bicentennial on the Bogue Falaya”, celebrating this special year for the city. The 50 float parade will be headlined by the Covington High School Marching Band, and the Club’s President will reign as Grand Marshall. The Knights of Columbus’ Mystic Krewe of Covington will follow with the theme “Valentines from the Heart”. This parade, originally the Krewe of Kaa Cee, first rolled in 1952 and was founded by the local Knights of Columbus. The name was changed to the Mystic Krewe of Covington in 1998, still continuing the “KC” tradition. The King’s identity is never revealed publicly, and the Queen this year will be Mrs. Thomas E. McCain.

Last but not least, Covington will be welcoming a new krewe this year! Formerly of Mandeville, the Krewe of Lyra’s constellation has shifted, landing it on the streets of Covington! Established in 2010 as a women’s social networking organization, the Mardi Gras Krewe opened their membership to men this year for more inclusive carnival fun! In light of this, the original theme “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was changed to “Girls and Guys Just Want to Have Fun”, a nod to Cyndi Lauper. This year’s Queen is Toni McCord, and Elizabeth Moore will serve as Grand Marshall over the seven floats and three royal floats.

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Krewe of Lyra to Follow Lions Club Parade on Mardi Gras Day

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Rick King Photography www.kreweoflyra.com

Rick King Photography www.kreweoflyra.com

The Krewe of Lyra was established in 2010 in Mandeville as a women’s social networking organization and Mardi Gras krewe. Their mission is Fun, Freindship and Festivity, and they maintain a positive presence and progressive attitude in the Mardi Gras Community. The krewe opened their membership to men this year, and their theme is “Girls and Guys Just Want to Have Fun!” We welcome Lyra to Covington.