Gray Monkey parade to roll on April 15

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

The icy winter weather that caused a delay in the Gray Monkey Parade last February has convinced the Iberville Parish Library to move the event for young children to April from now on, Library Director Dannie Ball announced last week.

This year's parade is scheduled for Friday, April 15.

In past years the parade, started in 1946 by Plaquemine Elementary teacher Lolita Daigre, was held to coincide with the Mardi Gras season. Last year, the parade, postponed until April, proved such a success that many participants suggested it be held in April every year.

“This is an appropriate time for our children’s parade to run for a number of reasons,” Ball said. “We have the chance of better weather, and also mid-April is the annual time for National Library Week, and the new Week of the Young Child (sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children). With this change we hope to honor the decades of tradition and memories that the parade holds for so many people. Please continue your support and participation in this community wide event.”

Library staff recently sent letters to participating Gray Monkey groups inviting feedback about keeping the parade in April. All feedback has been positive for the April date.  After consideration of this and many other factors, primarily safety and comfort, the move to holding the parade in April will be made permanent, Ball said.

Further details about the parade will be provided in the newspaper and at our local libraries.  Further information is available from children’s librarian Anne Reeves or Ball at the Main Library by calling 687-2520.