NEW ORLEANS - Krewes of Muses, Babylon, and Chaos will not roll on Thursday night.
The krewes have been informed and have chosen time slots on alternate dates to reschedule their parades. Because of the packed parade schedule this weekend, the rescheduled parades will be floats only, with no additional elements like bands or marching groups.
The new schedule is as follows:
Muses: Friday, Feb. 21 at 4:45 p.m. starting at Perrier Street and Napoleon Avenue
Babylon: Friday, Feb. 21 at 5:15 p.m. (follows Muses) starting at Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue
Chaos: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. (follows Thoth) starting at Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue
Muses, Babylon, and Chaos will be float ONLY, meaning no marching crews at all.
NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon citing high winds the reason for the cancellations.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Orleans Parish that is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Sustained winds between 15 and 25 mph, with frequent gusts up to 35 mph, are expected.
Winds at this speed pose a danger to high profile vehicles, such as floats. Winds can also down power lines and tree limbs, which are heavy from rain throughout the day. With this forecast, the NOPD, in consultation with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, has determined that it would be unsafe to roll parades this evening.