Metairie’s oldest Carnival parading group has withdrawn its application to roll in St. Charles Parish in 2015.
St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne said Tuesday that representatives of the Krewe of Zeus have decided to pull their request for a permit to parade on River Road and Ormond Boulevard on Feb. 7, two Saturdays before Mardi Gras.
The application said the parade would include floats for as many as 300 people, up to 40 horses and mules, and 100 or more vehicles.
The krewe had applied to roll in Destrehan after losing its spot in Jefferson Parish’s 2015 parade calendar because of violations of the parish ordinance that governs Carnival parades, including having too few marching bands and too few floats in 2014.
Brian Landry, chairman of the Metairie Carnival Club, which runs the Zeus parade, did not return a call for comment Tuesday.
The withdrawal came a day after parish officials met with representatives of the krewe to discuss logistics of the proposed parade, said Webb Jay, president of the Ormond Civic Association.
The three-hour meeting ended without a final resolution, but he said some concerns were raised, including whether emergency crews could get in and out of the Ormond subdivision during the parade if necessary.
Jay said he thought that hosting the parade could have generated positive buzz for the neighborhood but also could have created safety and logistical concerns.
“The meeting went well. Everybody had an opportunity to voice their opinions and their concerns,” he said. “I felt like the krewe was very forthcoming with us, and I felt like everybody was trying to work together to figure out what could be done, but no decisions were made.”
He said he suspects that the krewe is “still exploring their options in St. Charles Parish.”
“I just don’t think that it’s over yet,” he said. “I think there are a lot of concerns that they’re trying to address, and I think before they can move forward, either here or elsewhere, they wanted to try to address some of the concerns that came up in the meeting.”
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