We enjoy a variety of events scheduled throughout the year, ranging from holiday parades to music festivals to national athletic tournaments. Take a moment to view the event calendar and read our latest news.

Mercredi Show Fall 2014

The 2014 fall session of Carencro’s Mercredi Show begins September 3 at Pelican Park from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, dancing shoes, and family and friends to enjoy this free concert series (but leave your ice chest at home). Come out and enjoy the good fun, good music, and good company. This is a family friendly event for fans of all ages, and is wheelchair accessible; if you have special needs, please call Pelican Park’s office at (337) 896-5000 to make arrangements.

September 3 - Geno Delafose & the French Rockin’ Boogie
September 10 - Don Rich
September 17 - Na-Na-Sha
September 24 - High Performance Band
October 1 - Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
October 8 - Ryan Foret & the Foret Tradition
October 15 - Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Select to download a PDF of the fall schedule:


Thanks to our community sponsors for supporting the Mercredi Show:
Advance 2000 Tax Service|Arsement Machine & Supply|Bruce’s Glass Service|Carencro Catholic School|Cormier’s Upholstery Shop|Creative T-Shirts|Custom Sheet Metal|Daniel Benoit Construction|Home Bank|Lafayette Schools Credit Union|Lee Verret State Farm Insurance|Lynn Guidry Architect|Melancon Funeral Home|Melancon I-49 Storage Center|Melancon Pharmacy|Nolan’s Lawnmower Service|Physical Therapy of Carencro|Pizzaville USA|Prejean Creative|Rayne State Bank|Total Pump & Supply

VETERANS MEMORIAL BREAKS GROUND

Local veterans, citizens and supporters joined city officials on July 2 for an official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the Carencro Veterans Memorial.


See more scenes from the groundbreaking ceremony in our photo gallery.

A total of 372 engraved bricks were sold for the first phase of installation in the plaza. More commemorative bricks may be added in the future if interest warrants. Visit this page for more info on brick orders. Other memorial features include granite benches, and granite pylons or “soldiers” surrounding the plaza engraved with the names of local soldiers Killed in Action or Missing in Action. These additional features are being funded with contributions from individual and business sponsors. Corporate sponsor donations are also helping to fund some general expenses.

Soldier Sponsors (KIA/MIA granite pylons) - C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates and Molded Rubber Specialties

Bench Sponsors - Melancon Marble & Granite Works, Keith Arsement, Jay Castille, Lee & Therese Verret State Farm Insurance, and Carencro Catholic School

Corporate Sponsors - Coastal Pipe of LA, Southern Lifestyle Development, Rayne State Bank, Opelousas General Health System, and Acadian Ambulance Service

Donations are still being accepted, and those interested should call 337.896.8481 for information.

The memorial’s designer is Lynn Guidry Architect. TRES Contracting Company is managing construction under a $126,107 contract. Construction is expected to be complete this fall and a dedication ceremony is tentatively planned for Veteran’s Day 2014. Progress can be followed by visiting the memorial’s Facebook page.

Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Carencro Veterans Memorial, 10 a.m., July 2, at city hall. TRES Contracting Company has been awarded the construction contract for $126,107. Please join us as we turn the first shovels of dirt to begin this exciting phase of the project.

Mercredi Show Spring 2014

The 2014 spring session of Carencro’s Mercredi Show begins April 2 at Pelican Park from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, dancing shoes, and family and friends to enjoy this free concert series (but leave your ice chest at home). Come out and enjoy the good fun, good music, and good company. This is a family friendly event for fans of all ages, and is wheelchair accessible; if you have special needs, please call Pelican Park’s office at (337) 896-5000 to make arrangements.

April 2 - Ray Boudreaux
April 9 - Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys
April 16 - Greg Martinez & the Delta Kings
April 23 - Special 25th Anniversary Carencro / Dieppe Twin Cities: Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds and
Dominique Dupuis of New Brunswick
April 30 - Travis Matte & the Kingpins
May 7 - Wayne & Same Ol’ 2 Step
May 14 - Nik-L-Beer Band

April 23: Please come out to welcome our visitors from our Twin City, Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada.

The 25th anniversary of the twinning of the City of Carencro with the City of Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada, will be commemorated at this show. Along with local favorite, Sheryl Cormier, Dominique Dupuis from Canada will perform. Ms. Dupuis is a world renowned fiddler who has played in previous years and will be playing at Festival International de Louisiane this year. She first performed in Carencro when she was still a young child and is now grown with a family of her own.


Thanks to our community sponsors for supporting the Mercredi Show:
Acadiana Homes|Advance 2000 Tax Service|Arsement Machine & Supply|Bruce’s Glass Service|Carencro Catholic School|Cormier’s Upholstery Shop|Creative T-Shirts|Custom Sheet Metal|Daniel Benoit Construction|Home Bank|Lafayette Schools Credit Union|Lee Verret State Farm Insurance|Lynn Guidry Architect|Melancon Funeral Home|Melancon I-49 Storage Center|Melancon Pharmacy|Nolan’s Lawnmower Service|Physical Therapy of Carencro|Pizzaville USA|Prejean Creative|Rayne State Bank|Total Pump & Supply

CARENCRO MARDI GRAS PARADE 2014

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Parade starts at 11 am
(parade route will be closed from 10 am until parade passes)

For complete information about participating in the 2014 Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, please go to the parade sponsor’s, Carencro Mardi Gras Association, website at CarencroMardiGras.com. Entry fee for floats is a non-refundable $125 and preregistration is required.

Download the entry form and the city of Carencro ordinance regarding parades to be fully knowledgeable of all rules and regulations. Bring your entry form with all required information to Molded Rubber located at 4475 NW Evangeline Thruway, Carencro, LA 70520, on February 1, February 8, or February 15 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Carencro Mardi Gras Parade will be held on February 22, 2014 which is two Saturdays before Mardi Gras Day. The roads will be closed at 10 am and the parade will start at 11 am. Parade floats may start lining up on Butcher Switch and into Carencro High School between 6 am and 11 am. No other vehicles will be allowed on Butcher Switch between 6 am and 11 am.

The parade will turn right (going north) on N. University Avenue through the City of Carencro and will end at Debutante Road, north the Community Center.

Complete information is located on the Carencro Mardi Gras Association’s website with links to the float registration form and complete rules and regulations. Please be familiar with all rules and regulations to ensure your participation in the Carencro parade.

For more information, you may send an email to the Carencro Mardi Gras Association through their website or contact members:
Keno Arnaud337.288.7503Vice President Mardi Gras Association
Bobby Badon337.349.4748Molded Rubber Specialties

The Carencro Mardi Gras Association appreciates your help in making the Carencro parade a safe and wonderful event for all involved. And LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!

NOTE: Cart vendors and food and soft drink vendors need to contact Carencro City Hall at least 10 business days before parade date to be licensed to sell along the parade route during the parade only. Contact Candy Baque at city hall, 337.896.8481, or accounting@carencro.org.

LATRAIL.ORG Mardi Gras Run Cancelled

Due to low registration for the LAtrail organization run that was to happen in conjunction with the Carencro Mardi Gras parade, that organization has decided to cancel the run for this year.

LAtrail.org would like to thank everyone for their support and they look forward to bringing the run back next year.

Carencro Country Christmas Decorating Contest Winners

Thanks to all who dressed up their homes and businesses to make Carencro sparkle during the Christmas season. Congratulations to the following award winners!

Residential Category

Neighborhood Award:
The families of Pelican Haven Cove in Pelican Ridge Subdvision.
• Colby and Bree Alleman
• Aron and Racheal Gram
• Robbie and Racheal Benton
• Harland and Lacey Thibodeaux
• Ryan and Katie Thibodeaux
• Jared and Rene Brinlee
• George and Midge Stonecipher

House Award:
Sandra and Dusty Rhodes - North University Avenue

House Award:
Yvonne and Harry Anderson - North University Avenue

Business Category
Pizzaville USA, Rickey Domingue - North University Avenue

Christmas Parade Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow's Carencro Christmas Children's Parade has been cancelled. All other Carencro Country Christmas activities will continue as planned, Dec. 7, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Carencro Community Center.

Honor Vets... Vote

The Honor Vets... Vote program honors those who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom and our sacred right to vote. Dedicate your vote by honoring those who have fought and are fighting today. Learn more by visiting the Louisiana Secretary of State website.



Carencro Country Christmas

Carencro’s Country Christmas is just around the corner. This festive event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Carencro Community Center. The Carencro Business Association is accepting applications for vendor exhibit space.

If you would like to participate as a vendor, please download the attached form and submit according to the instructions. Contact information is listed on the form.

Help make this event a merry one and reserve your space now! We appreciate all who participate to help bring in the holiday season.

Carencro Country Christmas
Sponsored by: Carencro Business Association

Date: Dec. 7, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Place: Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue, Carencro, La

16th Annual, Family Oriented Traditional Event
Area choirs and singers and musicians providing traditional holiday music
Booths with arts & crafts from local artists, and delicious food from the area

Pictures with Santa at the Community Center

At 2 p.m., enjoy the Carencro Christmas Children’s Parade sponsored by the Carencro Lion’s Club. This traditional family parade, features seasonal floats, marching band, upholding the holiday spirit, rolling through the streets of Carencro, ending with no other than Santa himself.

Cost: Free

Judging for homes and businesses for Holiday Décor will be a little later this year so more people can participate. Judging is Saturday, December 21, 2013. Winners will be announced Monday, December 23, 2013.

If you would like to participate in any part of the event -- singers, entertainers, artists, crafters, cooks, churches, schools or organizations. Please see the contact information listed below.

Contact Info:
Event Information -Margaret Rozas337.896.6686
Holiday Décor Contest -Iva Clavelle337.896.6946 or 337.233.5521
Parade Information -JoAnn Lee337.896.4147

Come visit Carencro: a Community on the Grow

Mercredi Show Fall 2013 Schedule

The Mercredi Show, presented by the Parks and Recreation Commission of Carencro, opens its eighth year in April. This free outdoor concert is held on several consecutive Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., on the Pelican Park Concert Stage.

The performance lineup for the 2013 Fall session:

September 4 - Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
September 11 - Don Rich
September 18 - High Performance
September 25 - Na-Na-Sha
October 2 - Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
October 9 - Warren Storm-Willie Tee & Cypress
October 16 - Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin' Cajuns


Mercredi is presented by the Parks & Recreation Commission of Carencro. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the park; no ice chests, please. With the support of several community sponsors, Mercredi Show continues to bring together local residents, good times, and great music each spring and fall.
Thank you to the following local sponsors for their generous support:
Advance 2000 Tax Service| Arsement Machine & Supply| Bruce's Glass Service| Carencro Catholic School| Carencro Mardi Gras Members| Cormier's Upholstery Shop| Cro-Carts| Home Bank| Lafayette Schools Credit Union| Lee Verret State Farm Insurance| Lynn Guidry Architect| Melancon Funeral Home| Melancon I-49 Storage Center| Melancon Pharmacy| Nolan's Lawnmower Sales & Service| Physical Therapy of Carencro| Pizzaville USA| Prejean Creative| Rayne State Bank| S&S Auto Sales| Salon Rouge| Total Pump & Supply

Carencro Veterans Memorial

The City of Carencro is pleased to announce plans for the development of a memorial to honor local military veterans. The future Carencro Veterans Memorial will serve as a place for visitors to pay tribute to our local veterans. Proposed features will include granite towers engraved with the names of veterans killed in action, memorial brick pavers engraved with the names of past and present veterans, and marble benches for visitors.

Initial plans for the project began in January 2013 when Annette Melancon, of Melancon's Marble & Granite, approached Mayor Glenn Brasseaux about the donation of a bench honoring local military veterans. Recently, a group of community volunteers began discussing more detailed plans, including a possible design developed by Lynn Guidry Architect. The tentative target completion date is summer/fall 2014.

Information about the project can be found on Facebook, where the public can also share stories and photos of their veterans. Please follow the Carencro Veterans Memorial Facebook page to stay updated on the project's progress. For more information, contact City Hall at 337.896.8481 or by email.


National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2013 - Observance of the National Day of Prayer

No matter what your faith, please join the community of Carencro on Thursday, May 2, 2013, between noon and 1:00 pm at the Carencro Community Center (5115 N. University Avenue, Carencro). The public is invited to join us to offer their blessings and prayers.

Please join the City of Carencro’s 7th year of observance of the 62nd Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer. Prayer was often referred to publicly by the men who wrote and signed our Constitution, and a Day of Prayer is one of our oldest national observances.

The first National Thanksgiving Proclamation was put forth by Samuel Adams as a “National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer”. In 1952 the Congress resolved “that the President shall set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals”.

Mercredi Show Spring 2013 (Revised Schedule)

The Mercredi Show, presented by the Parks and Recreation Commission of Carencro, opens its eighth year in April. This free outdoor concert is held on several consecutive Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., on the Pelican Park Concert Stage.

The revised performance lineup for the 2013 Spring session:

April 17 - The Foret Tradition
April 24 - Da Classics
May 1 - Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express
May 8 - Jo-El Sonnier
May 15 - The Nik’ L Beer Band
May 22 - Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings
May 29 - Travis Matte & The Kingpins


Mercredi is presented by the Parks & Recreation Commission of Carencro. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the park; no ice chests, please. With the support of several community sponsors, Mercredi Show continues to bring together local residents, good times, and great music each spring and fall.
Thank you to the following local sponsors for their generous support:
Advance 2000 Tax Service| Arsement Machine & Supply| Bruce's Glass Service| Carencro Catholic School| Carencro Mardi Gras Members| Cormier's Upholstery Shop| Cro-Carts| Home Bank| Lafayette Schools Credit Union| Lee Verret State Farm Insurance| Lynn Guidry Architect| Melancon Funeral Home| Melancon I-49 Storage Center| Melancon Pharmacy| Nolan's Lawnmower Sales & Service| Physical Therapy of Carencro| Pizzaville USA| Prejean Creative| Rayne State Bank| S&S Auto Sales| Salon Rouge| Total Pump & Supply

Mardi Gras Season Officially Begins in the City of Carencro!

The 2013 Mardi Gras season officially kicked off January 7th with the annual raising of the Carencro Mardi Gras Flag at city hall. City officials, representatives from the Carencro Mardi Gras Association, the Krewe of Karencro and the Krewe de Wideload were on hand for the raising of the traditional purple, green and gold flag.
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Krewe royalty participating in the ceremonies were King Louis XXI Bert Guilbeau and Queen Anna XXI Rachael Mills, from Krewe of Karencro; King Edward VII Brandon Nicko, King Edward VIII Toby Potier, Queen Elizabeth VII Kandance Tanner and Queen Elizabeth VIII Samantha Myer, from the Krewe de Wideload.

Also attending were current officers of the Carencro Mardi Gras Association, Timmy Duhon, president; George Walker, vice president; Blake Couvillion, secretary; and Kent Lee, treasurer.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Get Ready for Mardi Gras in Carencro!

The Carencro Mardi Gras Parade is held each year, two Saturdays before Mardi Gras Day. This year, 2013, the parade will be on February 2nd.
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The parade will move from Carencro High north on N. University Avenue and end on Debutante Dr.; roads will close by 10 a.m., with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

To participate in the 2013 Carencro Mardi Gras Association Parade, you will need to pre-register. You may download the parade application form by visiting the Carencro Mardi Gras website.

Bring your completed form and entry fee of $125 to Lee’s Auto Body located at 3523 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA, 70507, between January 7 and February 1, 2013. Lee’s hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

For further information, you can contact Kent Lee at (337) 896-4147. You may also visit the City of Carencro’s website or call (337) 896-8481.

Contests, Parades and Christmas in Carencro

The annual Carencro Country Christmas will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be arts, crafts, food and entertainment for everyone to enjoy! Booth rental and entertainment registration information can be found in this application.

The Carencro Children's Christmas Parade, sponsored by Carencro Lions Club, is scheduled Dec. 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. The entry fee for the parade will be $25. A set of instructions for participants is listed in this form. The deadline to register is November 23, 2012. Mail entry forms to JoAnn Lee, 3523 N. University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70507.

Judging for Business and House Decorating Contest will be Dec. 12, with an announcement on Dec. 13.

Booths and entertainers are still being accepted. Please contact Margaret Rozas at (337) 896-6686 or (337) 280-9570.

Citywide Garage Sale, October 20

The Carencro Business Association presents its 4th annual citywide garage sale, Rumble in the "Junk"el, Oct. 20. The event will be at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Read the flier here, or contact Charlie Brunt at 337.886.9431 or rumbleinthejunkel@cox.net for more information.

Carencro Verterans Day Celebration

On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, Carencro will celebrate and honor the military veterans of our area in a program at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 North University Ave. The event, sponsored by the Carencro Business Association, begins at 11 a.m. and includes patriotic music by the Carencro High School Band. A display of photographs and memorabilia will be provided by area veterans. The event organizers feel it is important to recognize military medal recipients. Several special guest speakers are also on the agenda.

A special feature of the celebration will be announcement of the winner of a patriotic essay award contest which includes eighth-grade students from area schools. The winning essay will be presented by its author. The top three writers will be presented with cash awards from the Carencro Business Association and featured in the next issue of the Community Chronicles.

From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, the North Regional Branch (Carencro location) of the Lafayette Public Library will collect and display photos of active and veteran military members. These photos will be on display at the Veterans Day Celebration. Anyone having photos of active or veteran military personnel is urged to allow the library to display them. Please limit sizes to 5x7 or 3x5 framed photographs.

For additional information, please call the North Regional Library at 337.896.6323 or Lee Verret (planning committee chairman) at 337.456.6292. All of Acadiana is invited to attend this special celebration honoring the many men and women who are truly heroes to us and our country.

Mercredi Fall 2012

The Mercredi Show fall season runs from Sept. 5 - Oct. 17. This free outdoor concert is held each Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m., at Pelican Park. The performance schedule:

The performance schedule: spacer Wednesday, September 5 - Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
Wednesday, September 12 - High Performance
Wednesday, September 19 - Swamp Pop Express (featuring Bobby Page)
Wednesday, September 26 - The Band Courtbouillon (featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy)
Wednesday, October 3 - Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
Wednesday, October 10 - Don Rich & the Don Rich Band
Wednesday, October 17 - Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns

The event is presented by the Parks & Recreation Commission of Carencro, with the support of several community sponsors. Food & beverages are available for sale; no ice chests, please.


Carencro Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board - Public Meeting Notice

August 31, 2012
The City of Carencro Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board has scheduled a public meeting.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at Carencro City Hall, Council Meeting Room located at 210 East St. Peter Street, Carencro, Louisiana, 70520.

Click here for complete details: City of Carencro Fire and Police Civil Service Board Meeting (PDF)


Public Hearing - Millage Rates

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing of the Carencro City Council will be held at its regular meeting place, Carencro City Hall, Council meeting room, 210 E. St. Peter St., Carencro, Louisiana, on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Download the official notice (PDF) in its entirety here: Public Hearing - September 17, 2012.


Carencro Business Association's First Annual Trade Show a Success

The June 16 trade show, presented by the Carencro Business Association (CBA), saw several businesses exhibiting their products and services.

Charlie Brunt, CBA president, said the trade show had two functions: first as a business-to-business networking opportunity for the exhibitors, and second, it was a chance to educate the public on the many types of local businesses in the community.
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Click here to see more snapshots from the tradeshow: CBA Photo Gallery

According to Brunt, "The comment we heard repeated most often was, 'I didn't know that we had all these types of businesses available to us in Carencro!'"


SBA disaster loans available to flood victims

The Small Business Association's Outreach Center at city hall in Carencro closed May 31, 2012. However, the deadline to file for SBA Disaster Assistance is July 16, 2012, for property damages; and deadline to file for economic injury applications is February 15, 2013.

Click here for complete details: SBA Disaster Assistance (PDF)


Police Captain Honored

Carencro Police Captain Ronnie Richard was honored on May 7, 2012, by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) at its 21st Annual Executive Training Conference in San Antonio.
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During the conference’s opening ceremonies Richard was presented with the FBI’s Trilogy Award. The Trilogy Award is given to law enforcement agents who, according to the LEEDA website,“have successfully completed the...Command Institute, Supervisor Leadership Institute and the Executive Survival: Policing in the 21st Century.”

This year FBI LEEDA awarded 23 officers nationwide with the Trilogy Award. Richard was the first officer from Louisiana to receive the award, according to FBI LEEDA Executive Administrative Assistant Donna Carpentier.

Captain Richard first joined the Carencro Police Department in 2002 and previously was with the Crowley Police department; he is also a Marine Corps veteran. Captain Richard was born in Rayne, Louisiana, and is married to the former Kelli Holloway from Crowley, Louisiana. The Richards have two girls, Harli (8) and Calli (2).

Captain Richard says, “Although attending this leadership training and receiving this award has been a huge personal accomplishment, it also shows that the City of Carencro, the Carencro Police Department and Chief Carlos Stout is committed to having trained, qualified police officers serving the citizens of Carencro. My goal now is to take the information I received in training and pass it on to other officers in the department to further their knowledge and assist them in bettering themselves as officers and future leaders.”

“I want to thank Chief Stout and the City of Carencro for allowing me to attend this training and I look forward to serving the City of Carencro for many years to come.”


CITY OF CARENCRO RAILROAD STREET BRIDGE

Beginning today, May 9, 2012, the Railroad Street Bridge in Carencro will be closed for approximately six months to make necessary repairs to structural deficiencies in the bridge.

Please travel an alternate route avoiding the Railroad Street Bridge area until the necessary repairs are completed. We appreciate your patience during construction.

Jay Castille, City Manager
City of Carencro


Carencro Recognized for Environmental Leadership

The City of Carencro has received the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Municipality Recognition Award in Pollution Prevention. The city has improved the efficiency of its wastewater treatment system and installed more than 2,000 automatic meter reading devices on water meters throughout the city. The updated water meters allow the city to read meters more efficiently, which helps reduce the amount of water discharged (the wastewater) during the production process and reduces the amount of chemicals used in the city's water/wastewater systems.
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Councilmen L.J. Boudreaux, J.L. Richard, Mayor Glenn Brasseaux, and Water/Wastewater Supervisor, Buster Broussard are pictured accepting the Environmental Leadership Program Municipality Recognition Award in Pollution Prevention.

Before the automatic meters were installed, the city's new water plant on Andre Street has also contributed to the more efficient management of the city's water system. The plant is controlled by a state-of-the-art computer system that better regulates chemicals used in treating the city's water and back-flushes the system when needed as opposed to flushing at set times each day. The system also sends digital alerts to the city's water/wastewater supervisor, Buster Broussard, when there's a problem. Oftentimes, Broussard can take care of the issue by communicating with the system remotely through his computer.

Both the automatic meters and the new water production plant contribute to the more efficient management of the City of Carencro's Water/Wastewater Systems. Councilmen L.J. Boudreaux and J.L. Richard, and Mayor Glenn Brasseaux accompanied Carencro's Water/Wastewater Supervisor, Buster Broussard, to Baton Rouge to accept the award.


National Day of Prayer in Carencro

The event will take place Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm at the Carencro Community Center.

Join us in worship and prayer. Lunch will be provided.


Congressional Outreach Information

Ms. Penny Frederick, the Community Outreach Liaison for Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. from the Seventh Congressional District of Louisiana, is available each month and wants to hear from you!

Ms. Frederick visits city hall from 1 pm to 1:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month and is available for you to voice your concerns on federal issues. (ie. Social Security, Medicare, IRS, VA, FEMA, HUD etc.). so that your Congressman, Charles Boustany, is informed about your needs while serving you in Washington, DC. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard.


Regarding the Flood Event on March 12, 2012

Congressman Boustany's office wants to hear from you if you suffered losses during the recent flooding that occurred on March 12, 2012. Please contact:

Penny Frederick or Stepehenie Scelfo
Office of The Honorable Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D.
Congressman from the Louisiana Seventh District
Tel: 337-235-6322

Ms. Frederick will direct you to contact United Way of Acadiana at 337-706-2033 who is maintaining a list of those who are in need, what those needs are and where they are needed. United Way is reaching out to our community offer aid where possible.

You may also pick up a United Way form, "Initial Client Intake Form", at city hall to register with United Way. This form will help United Way to assess any unmet assistance to flood victims.


Spring 2012 Season of the Mercredi Show

Another great lineup has been set for the spring season of the Mercredi Show, a seasonal, free community concert in Carencro's Pelican Park.

Wednesday, April 4 - CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 11 - Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings
Wednesday, April 18 - Nik'l Beer
Wednesday, April 25 - Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Wednesday, May 2 - Pine Leaf Boys
Wednesday, May 9 - The Foret Tradition
Wednesday, May 16 - Louisiana Red
Wednesday, May 23 - Jo-El Sonnier

Attendance has grown each year, with total attendance for the 2011 spring and fall seasons reaching nearly 8,900. The event is staged by the Parks & Recreation Commission of Carencro, and is supported by several community sponsors.


Fire Hydrant Testing

The City of Carencro Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants for approximately two weeks beginning today, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Carencro city hall at 337-896-8481.


Flood Emergency Information -
UPDATED March 29, 2012

Flood Debris Pickup Begins March 30

Debris pick-up relating to the flood event of March 12, 2012 will begin on Friday, March 30, 2012. The Contractor, DRC Emergency Services, LLC., will begin the storm debris pick-up in the City of Carencro and fan out into the unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish. The storm debris pick-up efforts will be concentrated in the northern part of the Parish above I-10 Interstate.

The storm debris pick-up will be for construction and demolition type debris (i.e., carpet, sheet rock, mattresses, furniture, etc.), appliances, electronic waste, but will not include regular municipal solid waste nor yard waste of any kind.

No debris that is bagged will be picked up by the Contractor. All storm related debris should be placed at the road shoulder within the public right-of-way. The flood debris should be kept separate from the regular municipal waste, recycling and yard waste. The Contractor is scheduled to make two passes. The second pass will be announced at a later date.

Questions should be addressed to the Lafayette Consolidated Government, Public Works Dispatch at (337) 291-8517.


Flood Emergency Information - March 16, 2012

Volunteers with donations or those seeking help can contact 211 or 337-232-HELP.

Currently, Ranch Outlet on the I-49 Service Road at Gloria Switch is accepting donations of cleaning supplies, hygienic products and First Aid products. Those needing these products should contact 211 or 337-232-HELP.

Those who need assistance may also contact the American Red Cross at 337-234-7371.

All news agencies seeking updated information are asked to contact Jay Castille, City Manager, at 337-886-7001, or citymanager@carencro.org. Mr. Castille is the public information officer for the City of Carencro for the March 12 flood event.

Regular trash will be picked up on the normal trash pickup day.

Bring any storm debris to the street but please do not block ditches or put in your regular blue trash cans. Blocked ditches with more rain could cause further damages.

The City is currently negotiating with a vendor while working under FEMA guidelines to get the storm debris picked up. Mayor Brasseaux appreciates your patience and we will get the word out just as soon as we have more details.


Please contact your auto insurance company for any vehicle damages.

To restore gas to your residence, you must have a certified plumber perform a pressure test. The certified plumber shall obtain a permit from the City of Carencro before gas can be re-connected. (Please note that city employees do not light pilot lights.)

Residents who have sustained damages to their homes are asked to contact Homeland Security, 337-291-5075.

The City of Carencro can only issue certain permits for homes that were damaged in the recent flooding. Regular permits will be issued to homes that did not suffer any flood damage. The city's planning department has maintained a list of the homes damaged by flood waters.

As always we will keep updating this website and get details out to the public as soon as possible.


Carencro Mardi Gras Parade 2012

The Carencro Mardi Gras Association was very successful, as always, in organizing the 2012 Carencro Mardi Gras Parade which rolled on February 11, 2012, up N. University Avenue from Carencro High School through the City of Carencro. A good time was had by all!

The Carencro Mardi Gras Association held pre-registration for the first time this year to lessen some of the pre-parade preparation the day of the parade. From the success the Mardi Gras Association had this year, look for the pre-registration announcements for next year too starting in December of this year.

For more information, contact:
President – Timmy Duhon, 337-354-6678
Vice President – George Walker, 337-278-7764
Treasurer - Kent Lee, 337-255-7598

Mayor Glenn Brasseaux would like to say "kudos" to the Carencro Police Department and the City of Carencro Public Works employees, as well as the Carencro Mardi Gras Association. Through the joint efforts of the Carencro Mardi Gras Association, the Carencro Police Department, and the Carencro Public Works employees, the City was able to offer a more organized, safer, and better clean up after the parade this year.

First, by moving the parade date from the Saturday before Mardi Gras Day to two Saturdays before Mardi Gras Day, the Carencro Police Department was able to secure more law enforcement officers from various agencies to provide better safety and security all along the parade route. Not only were these agencies able to assist Carencro on this new parade day, Carencro Police Department was able to assist other municipalities on their parade days.

In addition to the Carencro Police Department, the additional law enforcement agencies were from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office, Iberia Parish Sheriff's office, Duson PD, Broussard PD, Scott PD, Lafayette City Marshall's office, and the Mermentau PD. Therefore, the change in parade day allowed for a safer environment for the large crowds attracted to the Carencro Mardi Gras Parade.

Second, while the Carencro City Public Works employees always provide for a fast "clean-up" after the parade, this year Lafayette Consolidated Government was able to provide a street sweeper and additional hands to aid our cleanup efforts. While our city employees always do a good job, the addition of the street sweeper made their job a little easier this year.

Third, the pre-registration provided by members of the Carencro Mardi Gras Association helped improve the activities most people do not see-the line up before the start of the parade. With pre-registration the Mardi Gras Association was able to ensure all parade vehicles were aware of the rules and regulations to ride in the parade well before parade day.

While it was a cold day for this year's Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, there were no tornado warnings or rain. And with the collective efforts of all the people involved in helping to make this parade roll, Carencro and its visitors were able to enjoy a festive and safe Mardi Gras Parade.


Mardi Gras Flags Fly Over Carencro

Krewe members and royalty, members of the Carencro Mardi Gras Association and city officials raised flags at city hall January 6 to mark the opening of the 2012 carnival season. In addition to krewe festivities, a Mardi Gras parade was held February 11.
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CITY OF CARENCRO KICKS OFF THE MARDI GRAS SEASON

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3 P.M.
Carencro City Hall-210 East St. Peter Street

To those of us who live in Louisiana, January 6th marks the first day of the Mardi Gras carnival season. The City of Carencro commemorated this date with the annual raising of the Carencro Mardi Gras Flag at city hall on Friday, January 6, 2012, at 3 p.m.

Members and the royalty from the Krewe of Karencro; representatives from the Carencro Mardi Gras Association; and members and royalty of the Krewe de Wideload were on hand to help usher in the 2012 Mardi Gras season. Mayor Glenn L. Brasseaux and the Carencro City Council welcomed the public to attend this annual event.


Veterans Honored in Carencro

Veterans Day was observed at the Carencro Community Center with a special celebration on November 10. Veterans were honored during the hour-long event with music, tributes, speakers, a photo display and presentations.
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The event was sponsored by the City of Carencro, the Carencro Business Association, Lee Verret State Farm, the Carencro Friends of the Library and the North Regional Library. Click here to read the library's news release with the full account of the celebration.


Carencro Country Christmas

The annual Carencro Country Christmas is scheduled 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Several family oriented events make this a wonderful way to open the holiday season. spacercountry christmas

Arts and crafts, food, choirs and entertainment are featured at the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue. Booth rental and entertainment registration are available by submitting this form.

The Children's Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Carencro Lion's Club, will take place at 2 p.m. Your group or organization can help make the parade a memorable event for local children by entering a float. Submit this form by Nov. 23.

In addition, a Decorating Contest will give residents and businesses a chance to showcase their holiday finery. The top three entries in both categories will be recognized with a yard sign. Judging takes place Thursday, Dec. 15. To ensure judges view your home or business, contact Iva Clavelle (337.896.6946 or 337.233.4550) or Eldine Burleigh (337.896.6411).


New City Council Chamber Ribbon-Cutting

The Carencro City Council christened its new meeting room with the regularly scheduled Council meeting Oct. 17. A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the meeting. The new Council chamber is located in the former Carencro Fire Station at 214 E. St. Peter Street, adjacent to City Hall.

"The citizens of Carencro now have a state-of-the-art meeting room of which they can be proud. The new Council chamber will serve the community for decades to come," said Mayor Glenn Brasseaux.
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Project architect Lynn Guidry noted that since the space was previously used to park fire trucks, the challenge was to convert a garage into one of the nicest rooms in Carencro. "This room is not only where many important decisions about Carencro's future are made, it is also where many visitors to our community form their first impressions of Carencro," said Guidry.

The space was fitted with sound-absorbing wall and ceiling panels, and a state-of-the-art audio-visual system was installed. The focal point of the room is a curved red brick wall which serves as the backdrop for the elected officials. The project contractor was Mikor Company, from Bunkie.


Mercredi Show Fall 2011 Performance Schedule

The Fall 2011 season of the Mercredi Show features an outstanding lineup of musicians:

Wednesday, September 7 - Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
Wednesday, September 14 - GTO & D-Street Brass
Wednesday, September 21 - High Performance
Wednesday, September 28 - Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners
Wednesday, October 5 - Pine Leaf Boys
Wednesday, October 12 - Don Rich & The Don Rich Band
Wednesday, October 19 - Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns

Performances are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pelican Park Concert Stage. This is a free outdoor concert presented by the Parks and Recreation Commission of the City of Carencro. Food and beverages are available for purchase. No ice chests or pets allowed.

Thanks to our sponsors:Angco Disposal & Landfill|Arsement Machine & Supply|Bobby Badon State Representative|Dr. Jennifer Brasseaux (Family Eye Care)|Bruce's Glass Service|Carencro Catholic School|Cormier's Upholstery Shop|Don's Country Mart|Gary Guidry Trucking|Home Bank|Melancon Funeral Home|Melancon I-49 Storage Center|Melancon Pharmacy| Ms. Mom's Family Restaurant|Nolan's Lawnmower Sales & Service|Pat's Printing|Physical Therapy of Carencro|Pizzaville, U.S.A.|Prejean Creative|Rayne State Bank|S & S Auto Sales|Total Pump and Supply| Lee Verret (State Farm)


LRWA Water System of the Year

The City of Carencro Water System has been named the Water System of the Year (South) by the Louisiana Rural Water Association. The honor was presented in July at the LRWA Annual Training and Technical Conference. Also, Buster Broussard, the city's Water/Wastewater Supervisor, was nominated for Water System Operator of the Year (South).

Broussard, Mayor Glenn Brasseaux and Maureen Guidry, Utility Clerk, were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the city. Read more about this honor on the KATC website.


CARENCRO NEWS ARCHIVE
To view past News & Events articles, click to visit the Carencro News Archive.


CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Held the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 210 E. St. Peter Street. If the third Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting is held the next evening. An archive of the City Council Meeting Minutes is available for your review.


PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING
PARC meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 210 E. St. Peter Street. The public is welcome.


CONTACT US
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