NEW ORLEANS - People have been marking off their territory on Orleans Avenue, in preparation for the super-krewe of Endymion for a couple of weeks now. There are also people doing similar things on St. Charles Avenue as the first major weekend of parades approaches.

"I think it's crazy," said Anne Villere, who attends parades with her children.

Villere says her children are older so she doesn't have to put up a ladder, but, if she did, she said it might already be too late.

"We used to do this the Tuesday before Mardi Gras, but this is like two weeks early," she noted.

Dozens of people are trying to save spots by putting up ladders. The Garrett family did it, so did Gary and Dugan, at least according to what is written in spray paint. And, that isn't the only way they are handling it. Caution tape is another.

"My office has received complaints," said Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell.

City leaders say they know ladders are up and they could easily be removed, especially if they aren't the requisite six feet from the curb.