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METAIRIE, La. -- A Metairie Carnival krewe that canceled its maiden voyage down Veterans Boulevard this year had its parade permit revoked at Wednesday's Jefferson Parish Council meeting.

Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng said complaints about the all-female Krewe of Hera started prior to what would have been its first parade on Lundi Gras.

'There were those questions the days before the parade was about the roll as to whether or not you could put it together, regardless of the weather,' said Lee-Sheng.

Hera did end up canceling because of the threat of rain. Other parades rolled that night in New Orleans.

Lee-Sheng says questions about the group's fundraising and other concerns from krewe members prompted her to ask that Hera's permit be revoked.

'I sponsored the permit for you to get last year. The accusations rise to the level where I do question the legitimacy of your organization.'

Hera krewe member Melissa Hernandez testified that Hera should be given time to fix the problems.

'Let us handle it in-house with the entire krewe before you all decide on a permit,' Hernandez said.

Lee Sheng shot back: 'The problem got out of your house a long time ago when women have been emailing me for months. The sheriff's office is involved. This got out of your house a long time ago.'

After a lengthy debate, the council pulled Hera's permit. Zeus and Hera parade organizer Brian Landry protested the move outside the council chambers.

'This is a civil issue,' said Landry. 'For this to be played out in a hall (by a) legislative body, this is just a joke. This is a joke.'

Parade organizers say the only way the women of Hera will be able to ride next Mardi Gras season is if the membership joins another parade organization in Jefferson Parish or the krewe applies for a permit to roll across the border in New Orleans.

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