The thing to remember about all the Joshua Ledet “American Idol” festivities scheduled for this weekend is that they’re all being pretty much made up out of thin air, so that means things change quickly and often. 

The latest news from Calcasieu Parish officials is that Josh’s big parade has been moved up from 2:30 p.m. to 12 noon in an attempt to beat the forecasted rain.

The parade will still run down Sampson Street in Westlake, starting at the Multi-Purpose Building and heading north to Westlake High.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and support Joshua with as many signs as they can carry — and remember, the “American Idol” film crews will have their cameras out, so if you put some work into it, you might end up on national TV!  But be careful — the parade is about Josh, not promoting your business or organization.  Officials are asking that signs be used to support Josh and not include promotional material.

While the parade won’t be as flashy as Southwest Louisiana residents are used to, we will still get the good ol’ Westlake High Marching Band, their Flag Corps and their cheerleaders; the Buccaneers Float; a float for Josh’s family; and the man of the hour himself.