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Changes To Mardi Gras

After months of review the New Orleans City Council is zeroing-in on possible changes for Carnival parade routes. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the latest ideas, as well as your chance to weigh-in.

It’s the time of year many prepare for all year, and right now Carnival Season 2014 is in full throttle. Parade goers who come back time and time again have mentally picked out their spot. They know where they’ll be watching and waiting.

Parade-goer Jared Vincent says, “Always this area actually. This is my area.”

“It’s an experience that I think everybody should have at least once,” says parade-goer Lee Hampton.

Parade-goer Bernell Smith says,” We just have like tents and some barbecue, and everybody brings something different.”

Different is what you’ll need to watch out for this year. City leaders have put together changes affecting parades, particularly if your spot is Uptown.

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell explains, “In regards to ladder placement, we’re asking for a standard setback of six feet. In regards to grills and tents, well you can still have them. We’re asking again that you’re behind the ladders, so at least six feet back.”

Ladders, grills, ice chests, chaise lounges, chairs and other similar personal effects must be six feet back from the curb and they can no longer be set up in intersections. Also, Cantrell says you won’t be able to rope off sections or tie ladders together.

If you’ve booked your Port-o-let cancel your reservation. The ordinance says only city issued portable toilets will be allowed on public property or face a $250 per day fine.

“God forbid we have an incident occur and then it will be blame placed on government for not doing enough, and so we’re really trying to do the best that we can for all of our residents and visitors to have a wonderful Carnival, but to protect the safety of everyone,” says Cantrell.

Residents will be able to voice their opinion at Tuesday’s Economic Development and Special Development Projects Committee at 10am in Council Chambers. The city council is expected to vote on the ordinance on Thursday, January 23rd.

ORDINANCE

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

CITY HALL: January 9, 2014

CALENDAR NO. 29,897

NO. _____________________ MAYOR COUNCIL SERIES

BY: COUNCILMEMBERS CLARKSON AND CANTRELL

AN ORDINANCE to amend Sections 34-17, 34-29, 34-33, 34-37, and 34-38 of Chapter 34

of the Code of the City of New Orleans, related to the public safety and enforcement of Mardi Gras

parades, to prohibit riding on the exterior of an automobile during a parade, to provide a penalty for

throwbacks, to provide relative to the placement of ladders, tents, grills, and other personal effects,

to prohibit the placement of portable toilets on public property and to provide for a penalty with

respect thereto, to prohibit the use of “snap pop” high explosive devices; and otherwise to provide

with respect thereto.

WHEREAS, the people of the great city of New Orleans deserve a Mardi Gras season that

is fun and safe; and

WHEREAS, clearer rules promote fair and effective enforcement and thereby promote

public safety; NOW THEREFORE

SECTION 1. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF 1 NEW ORLEANS HEREBY

2 ORDAINS, That Section 34-17 of the Code of the City of New Orleans be and the same is hereby

3 amended and reordained to read as follows:

4 “Sec. 34-17. Riders.

5 * * *

6 No person shall ride on the exterior of an automobile during a parade, except that one person

7 may ride on the back of a convertible automobile.”

1 SECTION 2. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HEREBY

2 ORDAINS, That Section 34-29 of the Code of the City of New Orleans be and the same is hereby

3 amended and reordained to read as follows:

2

“4 Sec. 34-29. Throwbacks.

5 It shall be unlawful for a person to throw any object at a float or at any participant in a carnival parade.

6 Any person who violates this provision shall be fined $250.00 per violation.”

1 SECTION 3. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HEREBY

2 ORDAINS, That Section 34-33 of the Code of the City of New Orleans be and the same is hereby

3 amended and reordained to read as follows:

4 “Sec. 34-33. Ladders and Portable Toilets

5 All ladders used by parade spectators shall be structurally sound. No ladder, chairs, ice chests, chaise

6 lounges, barbecue grills, and other similar personal effects shall be placed in intersections or between

7 curbs of public streets during the pendency of a parade. Ladders, tents, grills, and other personal effects

8 shall be placed six feet back from the street curb. Additionally, the practice of fastening two or more

9 ladders together shall be prohibited.

10 Portable toilets shall not be placed on public property without written consent from the appropriate

11 governmental agency. A fine of $250.00 per day will be assessed against the owner of the portable toilet

12 for violation of this section.”

1 SECTION 4. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HEREBY

2 ORDAINS, That Section 34-37 of the Code of the City of New Orleans be and the same is hereby

3 amended and reordained to read as follows:

4 “Sec. 34-37. Vendors in a fixed location; permit requirements and regulations.

5 * * *

6 (n) Vendors in a fixed location shall be prohibited from selling stink bombs. For the purposes of this

7 section, a “stink bomb”, regardless of its actual brand name, shall be defined as a device

8 purchased from a vendor during Mardi Gras season for the purpose of emitting an odorous

9 substance when used.

10 Vendors in a fixed location shall be prohibited from selling snap pops. For the purposes of this

11 section, a “snap pop,” regardless of its actual brand name, shall be defined as a device

12 purchased from a vendor during Mardi Gras season which contains high explosives.

13 * * *

1 SECTION 5. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HEREBY

2 ORDAINS, That Section 34-38 of the Code of the City of New Orleans be and the same is hereby

3 amended and reordained to read as follows:

4 “Sec. 34-38. Vendors not in a fixed location; permit requirements and regulations.

3

5 * * *

6 (h) All moving vendors shall be prohibited from selling snap pops. For the purposes of this section,

7 a “snap pop,” regardless of its actual brand name, shall be defined as a device purchased from a

8 vendor during Mardi Gras season which contains high explosives.”

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