More than 100 businesses, organizations and bands have already entered this year's parade. This year's theme is "Rowdy Wants You.”
Roach, an attorney, has been a distinguished state representative and mayor. He served two terms from 1988 to 1996 as a state representative in the Louisiana Legislature representing District 36, which included part of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. He served on numerous committees including civil and law, ways and means, natural resources and coastal restoration.
Roach was elected as mayor of Lake Charles in 2000 to fill the unexpired term of the previous mayor. In 2001, he was re-elected and began his first full term. He was re-elected in 2005, in 2009 and again in 2013. As mayor he has worked closely with city and parish governments and other agencies to form partnerships and pool resources that benefit not only Lake Charles, but also all of Southwest Louisiana.
An example is the collaboration of the city of Lake Charles with several other area agencies, including McNeese, in the establishment of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center on the McNeese campus, which is dedicated to strengthening and diversifying the economy in the five-parish area.
McNeese student organizations and community entries compete for prizes for best floats in the parade. Plaques will be given to first, second and third place winners in these divisions with the winners announced at the pep rally in Cowboy Stadium after the parade.
A fireworks show sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association and its corporate sponsors CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and Coushatta Casino Resort will follow the pep rally.