Mardi Gras Sees Changes This Season

It is that time of year again where families gather to go and catch beads and hang out with friends. This year, there have been some new changes and regulations added to the Carnival season that could have an impact on how people get ready for Mardi Gras season.

According to WWL TV, one of the new changes included New Orleans City Council members approving an ordinance prohibiting revelers from putting portable toilets and furniture on public property and the neutral ground.

The crowd in the French Quarter celebrates Mardi Gras (photo by Nick Tann)

The crowd in the French Quarter celebrates Mardi Gras. (photo by Nick Tann)

Also more changes to the parade season involve some parades radically changing their routes from years past or that they have stopped running the parade altogether, according to WWL TV.

The city council also placed restrictions on placement of ladders and other personal items such as coolers, barbecue grills, and tents. Those items must be placed six feet from the curb, according to WWL TV.

The report also noted that the use of “snap pops” will be prohibited. It’s also prohibited for people to throw any object at a float or any participant in a parade. If caught doing so, violators will be fined $250.

Mardi Gras float drives by in New Orleans. (photo by Patricia Vollmer)

Mardi Gras float drives by in New Orleans. (photo by Patricia Vollmer)

Despite these changes, Mardi Gras continues to offer many opportunities for fun with friends and family. There are so many options for which parade to go to. Some of the parades include Krewe of Eve, Krewe of Olympia, Krewe of Bacchus, Krewe of Orpheus, Krewe of Zeus, Krewe of Zulu, and Krewe of Rex, just to name a few parades.

Some helpful tips on surviving the Mardi Gras season:

  • Have a group of friends, so people won’t get lost.
  • If your group spreads out, have a meeting place at a certain time so the other people will not worry.
  • Do not bring a purse or wallet with a lot of money in it, only what you need.
  • Eat a ton of King Cake, because King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition.
  • Do not do anything that might be illegal. Think before you do something.
  • Finally HAVE FUN! Mardi Gras is a time for fun and enjoyment, so show the spirit of this time of year.

For a complete parade schedule of Mardi Gras parades throughout Louisiana, click here.


One Comment on “Mardi Gras Sees Changes This Season”

  1. nolaspeax
    February 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on NolaSpeax and commented:
    Take note of these new Mardi Gras rules! Oh dear…However, we will persevere. These new rules kind of make sense and Mardi Gras will still be awesome. An update on Mardi Gras tips is coming soon.



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