William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot accept the Oscar
The city hopes to use this float, seen here at the Krewe of Highland parade, in the celebration
Mayor Cedric Glover announced plans Monday to hold a parade in honor of Moonbot Studios to celebrate the Shreveport-based animators' Oscar win.
Glover said in a city council meeting Monday the plans had been in the works before William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg accepted the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film on Sunday night for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
Plans discussed in the meeting revealed that the parade will start Monday, March 5 at 11:30 am. It will start near the Caddo Parish courthouse on Texas Ave. and continue down, stopping at the artspace building. At artspace, the public is invited to take part in a celebration of the area's first ever Academy Award.
Rod Richardson, Director of Communications with the Mayor's office, says it's hard to know how much this parade might cost until it's done, but it won't pose a burden to taxpayers.
Richardson says an effort is underway to secure sponsors and the police, fire, city personnel required should be minimal.
But at Monday's meeting, Mayor Glover emphasized the importance of celebrating the win and what it means for the area. "[It's important that] now that the Academy has been won, we celebrate in an appropriate fashion and hopefully use this as an inspiration for, not only the folks at Moonbot, but creative types all across Shreveport, Bossier City, and all across Northwest Louisiana."