Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Matthew Linn, of Krewe of Highland & Columbia Cafe, says the City of Spt has approved our marching plan

Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Matthew Linn is both proprietor of Columbia Cafe and founder of the Krewe of Highland. When I announced the formation of Blanc et Noir, he immediately offered: "Robert: you can parade with the Krewe of Highland and not have to worry about insurance or police expenses." I was very, very happy to have his help.

Today, Jan 9, he reported that the City of Spt Mardi Gras Task Force has approved our plans.

Here are the details:

* No police escort for B & N needed because we have no motorized vehicle.

* We will arrange for a help vehicle to be placed early in the K of H parade in case a marcher sprains a foot or dislocates a sacroiliac.

* B & N will start our march at Columbia Cafe at 1:45. Please be there no later than 1:44. The K of H parade will roll at 2 pm.

* The rhythm of the K of H, says Matthew, is "Go about 4 blocks, then stop. Goes another 4 blocks, then stops. Go another 4 blocks before tarrying again. Etc, etc." Therefore B & N can stop for drinks and show-off whenever we please.

* Police will barricade the east-west streets early; probably about 1 pm. They will actually close King's Hwy as the parade nears its end.

* K of H parade route:
- North on Creswell all the way to Herndon.
- Right on Herndon. Go east. - Right on Highland, south to Olive.
- Olive St east to Centenary Blvd.
- Centenary Blvd south past Centenary College
- across King's Hwy. Centenary becomes Gladstone
- past the Joyce house as Gladstone curves and intersects Gilbert.

* Fete de Highland festival takes place in Columbia Park following the parade. B & N will be expected (yet not mandatory) to visit the fest.There, people will ask us questions about how to join the krewe, etc. BTW, Bruce Flett and band, A Train, are the Fete entertainers.
- B & N should have an info card to give out.