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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The city of New Orleans is considering changing how second line vendors do business across the city.

However, critics say those proposed rules would go against everything second line.

'It's a tradition to be there,' said 'Bittles with the Vittles,' who was introduced to grilling at the tender when he was 10. He takes great pride in catering for second lines.

You'll see vendors like the New Orleans East man at second lines across the city, selling water, snacks, and other refreshments.

Those vendors are raising money to keep the decades-old tradition alive.

'It's funding that we need that we don't have sponsorships for like a lot of other clubs and social groups,' said Bittles with the Vittles.

The Landrieu administration has introduced a proposed ordinance that will change how second-line vendors do business.

'The administration under Mayor Landrieu worked with those vendors to create a permit that allows them to vend during the parades as any vendor does in our parades around the city,' said Scott Hutcheson, the mayor's adviser for cultural economy.

If passed, vendors will be required to shell out $25 for a permit; they'll be prevented from showing up to a location 45 minutes before or after the parade passes; the selling of alcoholic beverages would be prohibited; menus and trash cans would also be a must.

'There was no permit that specifically addressed what they did and what time frame in which they did it. This permit allows them to operate 100 percent around the law and have a permit that allows them to do, what they do in connection with the parades,' said Hutcheson.

'It's still a cultural tradition. Having a beer, walking along, it's hot out there,' said Geraldine Wyckoff. The freelance writer has been covering second lines for 20 years now. The Marigny resident said the proposed rules would change the culture of this town.

'They use to last all day. That was one of the first regulations. The police thing with the permits that was another regulation, they keep chopping it off at the knees,' said Wyckoff.

The New Orleans City Council is scheduled to vote on that proposed ordinance on Thursday.

This story was developed with our partners at the Uptown Messenger. You can read more at: Uptown Messenger.

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