Mar 252013

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Bouligny Improvement Association in February. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — who took office just in time to get involved in the annual controversy about enforcement of city laws along Mardi Gras parade routes — will fulfill a promise for a more comprehensive review of changes that could be made next year this weekend, when she holds a public roundtable discussion on the issue.

Cantrell has told several neighborhood associations lately that she plans to explore some changes, starting with reining in the furniture, ropes and ladders that can unfairly co-opt public space along the route and create safety issues. She also mentioned other issues, such as the placement of portable toilets or the use of moving trucks as rolling keg parties.

“The Councilmember’s goal is to devise an ordinance that can be updated to properly ensure the safety of all citizens,” according to a recent notice from her office.

Cantrell has already begun discussions with city agencies, and they have been receptive but want the full year to discuss, decide upon and implement any changes, she has said.

The first public meeting on the process is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

  2 Responses to “Councilwoman Cantrell begins public discussion on next year’s Mardi Gras rules”

  1. Please include an investigation of the super loud and super obnoxious, non-stop DJ music and commentary blasting from the Superior Grill. I live 6 blocks from SG and can easily hear the DJ from within my own home. Certainly that’s an illegally loud decibel level, not to mention that the noise regularly continues on past 10 pm during Carnival/Cinco de Mayo/St. Patrick’s Day

    • Oh, this is annoying. Where I usually watch parades (down near Jackson) there is some business that sets up a DJ booth to hawk food, drink, etc. The music blows, and the DJ is very annoying–clearly in love with the sound of his own voice. The result is that the bad music and (even worse) his constant reminders to buy their crappy beer drowns out the marching bands!! We go to parades to enjoy the parade, not suffer noise pollution from idiot jackasses (as you can all see I am still pissed off about this).

      No one wants a nanny state, but clearly some enforcement is needed to deal with those whose actions have a negative impact on our enjoyment of Mardi Gras.

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