Unless its thundering and lightening, the the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 2 p.m. sharp on North Third Street and proceed south on Third to the Museum of West Louisiana area, said Eddie Wise, executive director of the chamber.


Unless its thundering and lightening, the the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 2 p.m. sharp on North Third Street and proceed south on Third to the Museum of West Louisiana area, said Eddie Wise, executive director of the chamber.
Brig. Gen. Clarence K. K. Chinn, commanding general of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center, along with Leesville Mayor Robert Rose will be in the parade, which will be led off by Chamber President Ranelle Birmingham.
But the parade isn't the only thing happening downtown Saturday.
The day starts off with Main Street Trade Days from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Trade Days, held the first and third Saturday of each month, is open to vendors to sell homemade arts, crafts and yard sale items on Fourth Street between E. Lee and E. Texas Streets.
From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the inaugural Main Street Gumbo Cook-off and Carnival will kick-off. Chefs from around the area will compete in two categories of gumbo: seafood and chicken and sausage. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and honorable mention. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. by local celebrities Sandra Craft, KJAE’s Boomer and KVVP’s Rick Barnickel. The gumbo tasting opens to the public at noon. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids.
During the cook-off, children and adults can attend the carnival set up nearby wtih games, booths and prizes from local organizations.