As crews construct reviewing stands and line parade routes with miles of barricades in preparation for this year’s Carnival season, city officials are asking residents and visitors to brush up on the various rules governing the huge affair, including parking restrictions and parade etiquette.
Major New Orleans parades will begin Friday, Jan. 29, on the traditional parade routes Uptown and near the French Quarter. Two smaller French Quarter parades, Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion, will take place this Saturday.
In addition to permanent “no parking” signs posted along parade routes, the city will install 2,500 temporary signs. Unauthorized vehicles found on any part of a parade route two hours before or after parades will be ticketed and towed.
Also two hours before and after parades, parking is prohibited on either side of Tchoupitoulas Street between Jackson and Nashville avenues, on Napoleon Avenue between Tchoupitoulas and South Claiborne Avenue, and on St. Charles Avenue between Napoleon and Canal Street. Violations will result in a $75 fine and vehicle seizure, officials said.
Further, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, no on-street parking or nonpermitted vehicles will be allowed in the part of the French Quarter bounded by Iberville, North Rampart, Dumaine and Decatur streets. That restriction will end at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Recreational vehicles, campers and other oversized vehicles are banned from residential areas. These are in addition to the city’s normal parking restrictions.
City officials also remind parade attendees that all ladders must be structurally sound, and that no ladders, grills or similar personal items may be placed in intersections or between the curbs of public streets during parades.
While portable toilets are allowed on private property, a permit is required for those who charge fees for their use. Additionally, the city is providing more than 650 portable toilets for no charge on the parade routes.
The New Orleans Health Department will be staffing first aid stations along major routes starting Saturday, Jan. 30.
Finally, construction related to the massive Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project will cease as parades roll Uptown, officials said. Construction areas and the neutral ground will be fenced off along Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. There will be limited access to the neutral ground for parade viewing along Napoleon between South Claiborne Avenue and Laurel Street.
The city’s full list of Carnival rules may be found at www.nola.gov/mardigras.
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