Rules will be vigorously enforced, city spokesman says
As the New Orleans Carnival parade season kicks off tonight ahead of the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, here are the city's parade rules:
The city’s neutral grounds are the direct responsibility of the Department of Parks and Parkways; therefore, any prohibited items that are placed on the neutral grounds will be removed and disposed of immediately.
No bulky furniture such as sofas can be placed on neutral grounds.
Port-o-lets are allowed on private property; however, private port-o-lets will not be allowed on neutral grounds. In the past, private port-o-lets have been left uncleaned following Mardi Gras, which poses a sanitary and traffic hazard. The City is communicating this to private port-o-let companies and asks for their cooperation.
No structures can be erected (i.e. viewing stands, bleachers). The only allowed structures are those that are provided by the City Of New Orleans in city designated areas or those on privately owned properties that have been granted permission and issued permits by the City’s Department of Safety and Permits.
Please stand behind the barricades when they are placed along streets while the parade is passing.
Do not run between floats or vehicles while the parade is in progress.
Ladders should not be placed in the street or be tied together and should be placed back from the curb.
Parking is not allowed on neutral grounds, and be careful not to block driveways.
The juvenile curfew will be enforced during Mardi Gras. City curfew hours for juveniles are Sunday thru Thursday 8pm to 6am and Friday thru Saturday 11pm to 6am. In the French Quarter, the hours are Friday thru Saturday 8pm to 6am.