LAFAYETTE, La. – Project Front Yard (PFY) and the Krewe of Rio are collaborating to set the standard for a greener Mardi Gras and they need the help of volunteers to make it happen.
By picking up and recycling before, during, and after the parade in 2018, PFY volunteers and krewe members reduced the overall waste by about 24 percent in 2018. 4,600 pounds of cardboard and 400 pounds of plastic film were recycled at the start of the parade and more than 5,300 pounds of beads were collected along the route and donated to LARC.
PFY and the Krewe of Rio look to exceed these numbers this Saturday with the support of the community. Volunteers are needed to walk in the parade, promoting the program, and picking up litter and debris. All PFY volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Due to the length of the parade route, ages 10 and up are recommended.
To register as a volunteer for Project Front Yard’s Rio parade walk on February 23, visit gnomenation.lafayettela.gov or on the Project Front Yard Pick-Up. Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/242630799993560/ . Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 22.
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in downtown Lafayette and end at Cajun Field. For more information about the Krewe of Rio, visit www.riolafayette.com .
Project Front Yard is an initiative of Lafayette Consolidated Government created to mirror Lafayette’s festivals, food and music, the proverbial “backyard,” to an equally welcoming “front yard,” with litter-free streets and waterways, beautiful public art, revitalized gateways, enhanced streetscapes, and more.
To learn more about Project Front Yard visit www.projectfrontyard.org .