NEW ORLEANS — With 10 full days to go before the deadline to receive permission to roll on the longer routes, only the Krewe of Endymion has officially been granted the okay to do so.
The city of New Orleans will be meeting with krewe leaders and plan to hand out the forms that need to be completed if they hope to return to the longer routes they rolled on before last year's police shortage truncated them.
The city will foot the bill, but the krewes have to secure their own law enforcement protection for the additional blocks and the NOPD has a form for them to complete that says:
- Krewes that wish to return to the regular parade routes must secure the necessary officers to staff the part of the route being "returned."
- The officers need to be post-certified and that verification must be provided to the NOPD.
- The deadline is January 23 by 4 p.m.
- Krewes parading on the same night must coordinate efforts and officers need to be in place 2 hours prior to the parade rolling
- The NOPD needs to have a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the participating law enforcement agencies being used.
- The number of officers varies by where the parades start and end
- Officers will be paid $50 per hour for regular days and $75 per hour for Mardi Gras Day
- The city of New Orleans will coordinate pay
All of the parades did not roll in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2022, a depleted police force caused parades to have their routes shortened.