Mardi Gras changes to be discussed in City Council Tuesday

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:23 AM

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- One New Orleans City Council Committee is expected to meet Tuesday to talk about controversial rule changes for the upcoming Carnival Season.

At 10:00 a.m., the committee will take a look at the proposal by Councilmember Latoya Cantrell that includes new guidelines for where grills and ladders can be placed along a parade route, new parking restrictions on Saint Charles Avenue, and fines for companies that place port-o-lets in public spaces.

City leaders say the ordinance is designed to make carnival season cleaner and safer for all in attendance.

The most controversial of all the changes had to do with the ladders. Cantrell is looking to make sure the ladders are at least 6 feet from the curbs and can't be chained together. She has said in previous City Council meetings that this would make a more uniformed line of vision for viewers and police would have the ability to point people to a designated area in which to place the ladders.

In addition, Councilmember Cantrell proposes that each ladder be no taller than 6 feet in height, because for many people, the height of ladders was the biggest obstacle blocking their view of the parade.

Cantrell also believes changes made to the use of ladders on parade routes, is a matter of public safety. “Many of these, and actually all of these issues are a matter of public concern, and ones that have been stressed by the community. Not only those living along the parade route but people who come to enjoy carnival every year and just want to ensure that everyone has a great time,” said Cantrell.

Other changes include fines for placing portable toilets on parade routes, and a hefty fine for throwing beads back at floats and Krewes. The later, won't sit well with Bacchus throwers who try to hang beads on the King Kong family float. That fine will be $250.

In addition, as part of the neutral ground crackdown, grills, tents, and portable toilets can't be placed in any of the public right-of-ways.

Councilmember Latoya Cantrell says the City Council has been discussing proposed changes for over a year and they will be taking the concerns of residents, police, and officials into account as decisions are made.

The New Orleans City Council meets at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

 

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