NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans announced that registration for fixed vendor location permits for the 2014 Carnival parade season will take place January 27-31, 2014. The Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, will hold its 2014 Mardi Gras permit lottery at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in the lobby of the Civil District Court Building located at 421 Loyola Street.
The official 2014 Carnival parade season will consist of eleven consecutive days, from Friday, February 21 to Tuesday, March 4.
All vendors interested in obtaining a Mardi Gras Fixed Vendor Permit must register for the lottery with the Bureau of Revenue. All participants must submit a completed official lottery registration card and a sales tax deposit of $1,000 in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the City of New Orleans.
The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. 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 31, 2014 (regardless of the postmark date).
Only 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 February 6th lottery. Participants not selected for a fixed location will be refunded their deposit. Lottery placements are non-transferable.
Vendors selected in the lottery must attend the fixed location selection process with a valid picture ID at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in the Bureau of Revenue. Names will be called according to their placement on the lottery board. Participants unable to attend the selection process must authorize a representative to attend in their place in writing ahead of time with the Bureau of Revenue. Representatives must have valid picture ID. Each participant is allowed 10 minutes to select one fixed location.
Individuals interested in obtaining Mardi Gras Walker Permit to sell novelties or pre-packaged food without a fixed location can go to the Revenue office the week of February 17 to obtain the necessary permits.
More information about these permits can be found on the City’s website by following this link or by calling the Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, Application Unit, at (504) 658-1661 or (504) 658-1645.
This information can also be found in the Mardi Gras Vending Guide available in the Revenue Department, Room 1W15 in City Hall.