NEW ORLEANS, LA- The Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, will hold its 2013 lottery for the Mardi Gras fixed vendor locations at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2013 in the lobby of the Civil District Court Building.
Traditionally, the official Carnival season consists of eleven (11) consecutive days. The 2013 parade season will be cut into two separate segments. The first week of Mardi Gras season will commence Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2013 followed by a nine day break in parading. During this break, Mardi Gras street vending permits are not valid. Parading will resume again Wednesday, February 6, 2013 concluding at 11:59 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Citizens interested in obtaining a permit must register for the lottery with the Bureau of Revenue between, Monday, December 31, 2013 and Friday, January 4, 2013. All participants must submit both a completed Official Lottery Registration Card and a sales tax deposit in the amount of $1,000.00 in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the City of New Orleans.
Registration materials can be delivered in person or by mail to the Bureau of Revenue, City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112. Mailed registration materials must be received no later than Friday, January 4, 2013.
Only those registration materials received during the designated period will be accepted and used to prepare the official lottery entry card. Participants need not be present at the January 10th lottery. Participants not selected for a fixed location will be refunded their deposit. Lottery placements are non-transferable.
Those citizens selected in the lottery must attend the fixed location selection process at 9 am on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Bureau of Revenue in City Hall, Room 1W15. Names will be called according to their placement on the lottery board. A valid ID is required. Participants unable to attend the selection process must authorize in writing, a representative to attend in their place. Representatives must also have valid picture ID. Each participant is allowed 10 minutes to select one fixed location.
Those individuals interested in obtaining Walker’s Permits for this Mardi Gras season can go to the Revenue office the week of January 23rd to obtain the necessary permits. Information defining the parameters of these permits can be found on the City’s website at www. nola.gov.
Vendors can obtain more information through the Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, Application Unit, at 504-658-1666 or 504-658-1643 or 504-658-1645.