The Krewe of Endymion roll is nearly two weeks away — but people already are spray-painting the neutral ground on Orleans Avenue in Mid-City, "claiming their spots" for the parade. Some have nicknamed them the Krewe of Chad, in tribute to the man who spray-painted his claim under that handle a few years back.
At a press conference last week announcing city preparation for Mardi Gras, Parks and Parkways Director Ann E. Macdonald said the city would be removing any tarps, ladders and other placeholders from sidewalks and neutral grounds, and also cautioned against using spray paint to claim space.
Clearly that message hasn't resonated with everyone, including "Jason":
Joe Giarrusso represents District A, which encompasses much of Endymion's Mid-City route. Asked if he was aware of the spray painting, he said, "Ah, you mean the Krewe of Chad?"
Tarps and ladders can be hauled away by Parks & Parkways, but spray paint is another matter. Can the city do anything about this?
"The city can do something about it," Giarrusso said, "but how much can they do or not do is up to them. There are a million things that happen during Mardi Gras, and there are a lot of other priorities. I think the message is, look, we need to be respectful of everybody. We don't spray the neutral ground for anything else. This shouldn't be the one time of year we take special liberties."
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Judging from the New Orleans Twittersphere, however, some are ready to take the matter into their own hands:
I’m going to grab my lawn mower and.... cut the grass over there.— 💩 (@CourtneyGullo) February 17, 2019
I used the city’s new online reservation system and have had the yellow area reserved since February 1st. pic.twitter.com/Te8eFsAyTF— Basin Street Records (@BasinStRecords) February 18, 2019
Great spots to dump your crawfish water. https://t.co/RrLDYZ63yn— wesinjapan (@wesinjapan) February 18, 2019
Claiming land that’s not theirs. Sounds familiar 🤔 https://t.co/buIiSwZfhl— Wakawakawakanda (@DarthDandious) February 18, 2019
They do all of this only for me and my ppl to stand in from of them 😂😂😂 https://t.co/lBgHeBiTFh— Rasheedah Jenkins (@Ladychef07) February 18, 2019
Somebody call the grey ghost https://t.co/v5XC13FfJZ— Courtyard Brewery (@CourtyardBrew) February 18, 2019
Time to buy some green spray paint and ruin some lives. https://t.co/Cz5AQ1Xers— Jeremy (@mister_football) February 18, 2019
Bacchus rolls Uptown Sunday March 3, we don't do this crap Uptown.— Billy Polcha (@BillyPolcha) February 18, 2019
I’d rather set the neutral ground ablaze than respect to the ridiculous, unlawful property claims of these assholes. https://t.co/2nAxlnaVbB— Ariel (@Finding40inNola) February 18, 2019
This city needs to come together to make sure Jason has an awful Mardi gras https://t.co/DcaS3BqACJ— Valerio the Jaguar (totally innocent) (@AudobonJaguar) February 18, 2019
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