The Opelousas Mardi Gras parade will go on as planned today, even after a risk of cancellation, all thanks to businessman Bob Giles. The parade was in jeopardy as the police department faced extreme cuts, making it impossible for them to provide the security detail for the Krewe of Frank Parade. Giles, of Giles Automotive, stepped up to support the community.
“Got the information, called Chief Donald Thompson and just told him we want the parades to go on and I will pay the cost of them to provide the security necessary so that the parades can take place.”
The parade will roll at 11:00 a.m. today. Giles says about 20 police officers are needed for three hours to mediate traffic before and after the parade. He says Mardi Gras is a huge part of Louisiana culture and he didn’t want the parade to be canceled due to a lack of funding.
“I think people just kind of know that what I’m about, about giving back and helping the community. When they saw this need for the Mardi Gras parade, they called me. If I’m ever able to help, I always try to do so.”
Giles previously donated 55 bulletproof vests to the Opelousas Police Department. Giles says the feeling he gets for helping the community can’t be beat.
“It’s been much more of a blessing for me to be able to help out in situations like this. So, it just feels good to be in a position to do something.”