New City Ordinances Affect Mardi Gras 2014

Whether you plan to set up on the neutral ground in the early morning hours, observe from a porch overlooking St. Charles Avenue, or scramble for a last-minute position on the sidewalk, new rules in effect will likely affect your Mardi Gras season. Ordinances 025659 and 25661 were unanimously passed by the New Orleans City Council earlier this year and took effect on February 3. Several rules contained in the ordinances are likely to impact parade watchers.

  • Ladders, tents, grills, and other personal effects must be placed six feet back from the street curb. Ladders cannot be fastened together, and none of these items can be placed in intersections or between curbs of public streets during parades. New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinance 25661, amending Sections 34-33 of Chapter 4 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • A person who throws any object at a float or participant in a parade will be subject to a $250 fine. New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinance 25661, amending Sections 34-39 of Chapter 4 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • Vendors are prohibited from selling “stink bombs “or “snap-pops”. New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinance 25661, amending Sections 34-37 of Chapter 4 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • Prior, written consent from the appropriate government agency is required to place portable toilets on public property. New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinance 25661, amending Sections 34-33 of Chapter 4 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • Parking is restricted on both sides of Napoleon Avenue between Tchoupitoulas Street and Claiborne Avenue and on St. Charles Avenue between Napoleon Avenue and Canal Street two hours before and after any parade. New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinance 25661, amending Sections 34-33 of Chapter 4 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.

As the ordinances declare, the “people of the great city of New Orleans deserve a Mardi Gras season that is fun and safe; and…clearer rules promote fair and effective enforcement and thereby promote public safety.” New Orleans, La. City Council Ordinances 025659 and 25661.

With these new rules in mind, we at Jones Swanson hope that you have a wonderful and safe Mardi Gras!

*Please note that the above is meant as a reference only, and many other laws and regulations in effect may govern conduct during Mardi Gras.