The Carnival season is about to kick into high gear in New Orleans and Mardi Gras day is right around the corner. This year the City Council passed some new regulations you should know about before heading out to the parades.
What Has Changed
Yes, you should head out early to your favorite parades since it will get crowded; however, the new 2020 regulations state that you cannot put up personal items (chairs, small shade tents, coolers…..) earlier than four hours before the start of a parade. Some other regulations which are still in place include: tents, ladders and grills must be places at least six feet back from the street curb. To keep the parade route secure, box trucks, cargo vans, trucks with port-a-lets, campers, RVs, trailers, or other enclosed containers will be prohibited within two blocks of a parade route four hours before and after a parade. This regulation will give a hole no meaning to the song: “Ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day”
They say last year, 1080 tons of Mardi Gras trashwere transported to the landfill. Beads and other trash also can end up in catch basins and block drains. This year again the city will install so-called “gutter buddies”. Basically they are barriers that block solid objects from entering drains. You will find “gutter buddies” all along most of the parade routes. Furthermore, in order to cut down on the amount of litter and waste, new regulations in 2020 state that Krewe members are prohibited from throwing boxes, non-biodegradable paper streamers, and empty, single-use plastic bags for bulk items from floats. Doubloons, beads, cups, trinkets, toys, etc. must be handed to parade-goers and cannot be thrown or tossed.
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