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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Parade Safety

Staying Safe at the Parade

In 2014, several changes were made to local ordinances to increase the safety of spectators and float riders alike. The new measures promote fair and effective enforcement and promote public safety. Please note the following changes:

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking on either side of Napoleon Avenue between Tchoupitoulas Street and South Claiborne Avenue is prohibited two hours before or after any Mardi Gras parade whose routes travels on Napoleon Avenue.
  • Parking on either side of St. Charles Avenue between Napoleon Avenue and Canal Street is prohibited two hours before or after any Mardi Gras parade whose routes travels on St. Charles Avenue.

Operations

The City will provide portable toilets for public use. The Department of Property Management has begun placing portable toilets along parade routes.

See map of portable toilet locations

Riders
  • No person shall ride on the exterior of an automobile during a parade, except that one person may ride on the back of a convertible automobile.
Throwbacks
  • Parade viewers may not throw any object at any participant in a carnival parade. Violation of this provision includes a $250 fine per violation.
Ladders and Portable Toilets
  • All ladders used by parade spectators must be structurally sound. No ladder, chairs, ice chests, chaise lounges, barbecue grills, and other similar personal effects may be placed in intersections or between curbs of public streets during the pendency of a parade.
  • Ladders, tents, grills, and other personal effects must be placed six feet back from the street curb.
  • Fastening two or more ladders together is prohibited.
  • Portable toilets may not be placed on public property or the neutral ground without written consent from the appropriate governmental agency. A fine of $250 per day will be assessed against the owner of the portable toilet for violation of this section.
Vendors
  • Vendors in a fixed location are prohibited from selling “stink bombs,” regardless of its actual brand name.
  • Vendors in either a fixed or moving location are prohibited from selling “snap pops,” regardless of its actual brand name.

Other Important Notes

  • In addition to the normal street closures along the parade routes, lakebound traffic on Marconi Drive will be closed from City Park Avenue to Zachary Taylor Drive from Friday, Feb. 9 through the duration of the parades on Saturday, Feb. 10. Additionally, the formation area of the Endymion parade will be closed on both sides of City Park Avenue from Marconi Drive to Zachary Taylor Drive and on the park side of City Park Avenue from Anseman Street to Marconi Street/ Orleans Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The neutral grounds in the formation area will also be closed to the public.

  • The city’s neutral grounds are the direct responsibility of the Department of Parks and Parkways; any prohibited items that are placed on the neutral grounds will be removed and disposed of immediately.

  • Roping off areas of the neutral ground, public sidewalks, or other public property is prohibited.

  • No structures can be erected (i.e. viewing stands, bleachers) wiithout a permit. The only allowed structures are those that are provided by the City of New Orleans in city designated areas or those on privately owned properties that have been granted permission and issued permits by the City’s Department of Safety and Permits.

General Safety Reminders

  • No bulky furniture can be placed on neutral grounds.
  • Please stand behind the barricades when they are placed along streets while the parade is passing.
  • Please do not run between floats or vehicles while the parade is in progress.
  • Ladders should not be placed in the street or be tied together and should be placed back six feet from the curb.
  • Parade viewers may not throw any object at any participant in a carnival parade. Violation of this provision includes a $250 fine per violation.
  • Please do not stand or walk close to heavy equipment used in the clean-up process.
  • Items such as sofas and tents should not be placed on neutral grounds.
  • The juvenile curfew will be enforced during Mardi Gras. City curfew hours for juveniles are Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. In the French Quarter, the hours are Friday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

First Aid Stations

Along parade routes, the New Orleans Health Department will operate First Aid Stations in the following locations one hour before the first float of the first parade arrives and until crowds disperse: 

Friday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 4; Wednesday Feb. 7 – Tuesday, Feb. 13

  • St. Charles Avenue & Napoleon Avenue
  • St. Charles Avenue & Washington Avenue 
  • St. Charles Avenue & Felicity Street 
  • Lee Circle
  • St. Charles Avenue & Canal Street 

Saturday, Feb. 10

  • Orleans Avenue & N. Hennessey Street

Curfew Information

  • The juvenile curfew will be enforced during Mardi Gras. City curfew hours for juveniles are Sunday thru Thursday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday thru Saturday 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. In the French Quarter, the hours are Friday thru Saturday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

No Drone Zone

  • The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that drones never be flown over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people. Learn more about drone safety and regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
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Last updated: 2/8/2018 10:40:24 AM

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