With thunderstorms expected across New Orleans from Sunday morning until Fat Tuesday, many of the remaining parades will strive for earlier start times, officials announced Saturday afternoon.
Okeanos will roll at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by Mid-City and Thoth, and Bacchus may roll earlier than its planned 5:15 p.m. start time as well, if possible, city officials said. On Monday evening, Proteus will roll a half-hour earlier than usual, at 4:30 p.m., followed directly by Orpheus.
The krewes of Rex and Zulu will still start at their usual times Tuesday morning, officials said.
Meanwhile, city officials are also asking float riders and parade goers to avoid the areas of South Claiborne and Napoleon Avenue where drainage work has already begun.
The full news releases on both the parade start times and the areas off-limits for drainage work are below:
After receiving information from the National Weather Service of expected inclement weather, Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Parade Crew Captains and Organizers have made the following adjustments to the Parade Schedule for the safety of the float riders and parade goers:
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth are all planning to roll at their regular scheduled times with Okeanos preparing to start 30 minutes early at 10:30am, allowing Mid-City and Thoth to follow. All three parades will follow their normal route until they reach Canal Street, at which point they will turn right with traffic towards the river to their normal disband area.
Bacchus will be staged and ready for their normal start of 5:15pm, however if all elements are in place they will start earlier than their normal 5:15pm time.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Proteus will be prepared to start at 4:30pm (45 minutes early) and will make their planned crossover to the lakebound side of Canal Street for disband.
Orpheus will follow Proteus with a start time of 5:30pm (30 minutes early) and will make the hard right onto the riverbound side of Canal Street (with traffic) to Tchoupitoulas to their disband area.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Rex and Zulu will roll at their traditional start times.
As of today, we have not made any adjustments to the scheduled Tambourine and Fan event at Orleans and Claiborne.
CITY ISSUES ADVISORY FOR PARADE STAGING AREAS ON SOUTH CLAIBORNE AVENUE
Today, the City of New Orleans asked the public’s cooperation to minimize Mardi Gras-related trash and debris in construction areas along portions of South Claiborne Avenue and Napoleon Avenue, where federally funded drainage projects are underway. The City is asking parade-goers to avoid lining up along these construction areas, and is asking parade participants to avoid throwing beads and other items in these areas.
The affected areas are South Claiborne from Monticello Avenue (near the parish line) to Lowerline Street, where construction is taking place as part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA), and Napoleon from South Claiborne to Carondelet Street, another SELA project.
Portions of these streets serve as a staging area for several parades, and some spectators traditionally line up in these areas in hopes of catching early beads and throws. However, effectively clearing these construction areas of parade debris will pose a challenge for the Department of Sanitation as well as project contractors.
City officials are asking all participants in parades to only throw beads and other items along their official parade route, as permitted by NOPD.
The public is asked to avoid construction areas, which may present a safety risk due to equipment and ground conditions from recent and expected rains.