Parade winners recognized at council meeting

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Winners of the 19th annual Minden Mardi Gras/Fasching Parade were announced and awarded at Monday’s Minden City Council Meeting.

Minden Main Street Board members Larry Gipson and Kathy Copeland, Main Street Director Becky White and Main Street Board President Terry Gardner present the sweepstakes award to the Krewe des Ambassadeurs for best overall float in the Minden Mardi Gras Parade during Monday’s city council meeting. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald
Minden Main Street Board members Larry Gipson and Kathy Copeland, Main Street Director Becky White and Main Street Board President Terry Gardner present the sweepstakes award to the Krewe des Ambassadeurs for best overall float in the Minden Mardi Gras Parade during Monday’s city council meeting. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

Main Street Board President Terry Gardner told the crowd this was the biggest parade yet with more than 70 entrants.

The Krewe des Ambassadeurs took the Sweepstakes (Best Overall) Award and was presented a plaque by members of the Minden Main Street board.

The Krewe of Artemis was awarded as most spirited.
The Krewe of Artemis was awarded as most spirited.

Other winners included the Krewe of Artemis with the Most Spirited Group Award, Alma Lennear with Best Small Float Award, Webster Junior High School Pep Steppers with Best Marching Group, No Name Drive Band with Most Original/Creative Award and North Webster High School Band with the Best Marching Band Award.

The best original/creative award is presented.
The best original/creative award is presented.
Minden Main Street Board members Larry Gipson and Kathy Copeland, Main Street Director Becky White and Main Street Board President Terry Gardner present the best small float award.
Minden Main Street Board members Larry Gipson and Kathy Copeland, Main Street Director Becky White and Main Street Board President Terry Gardner present the best small float award.
The best marching group award is presented.
The best marching group award is presented.

Also during the monthly council meeting, the Minden Police Department added to the ranks Monday after the council unanimously approved the hire of Joshua Lavrinc as police officer.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lavrinc has military and police background.

“He’s a really good officer,” he said. “Minden is going to be proud to have him.”

In other news, the council approved:

  • minutes from the Jan. 4 council meeting and the Jan. 6 special meeting.
  • adopted ordinance No. 1069, which abandoned a 15-foot all between Theus and Boland streets
  • adopted a resolution to authorize the mayor to execute an agreement with the LADOTD for improvements at the Minden Airport.
  • approved the monthly police report.

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