For Mardi Gras season 2019, Family Gras site moved and Metairie gets a new parade route

Jefferson Parish officials are announcing Mardi Gras season changes and the Family Gras 2019 headliners on Tuesday (Dec. 4). NOLA.com is covering the news conference with live video on Facebook above.

Last week, krewe captains said parish officials were putting the finishing touches on two major changes:

  • Reversing the Metairie parade route, to run from east to west. The new route, optional to krewes, would start on Bonnabel Boulevard at West Esplanade Avenue and end at Clearview Mall.
  • Moving Family Gras from the Veterans Memorial Boulevard median west of Causeway Boulevard to the front parking lot of Clearview Mall. During the festival, parades would roll diagonally through the Family Gras crowd while en route to or from the mall property.

Tuesday’s announcement came from Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, whose district includes the mall and the parade route; Parish President Mike Yenni; and Violet Peters, president of the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here’s the post-announcement update:

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Drew Broach covers Jefferson Parish politics and education, plus other odds and ends, for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Email: dbroach@nola.com. Facebook: Drew Broach TP. Twitter: drewbroach1. Google+: Drew Broach.