NOPD Chief Harrison: No change in Mardi Gras parade schedule due to weather concerns


The Krewe of Endymion. - PHOTO BY KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
  • The Krewe of Endymion.

After the city spent a morning of handwringing over the possibility of moving Mardi Gras parades this weekend, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison made the call this afternoon:
"All department heads of public safety agencies met this afternoon. They reviewed weather forecasts, public safety concerns, and logistics and capacity considerations.

"Having explored all options, it was determined that there is no viable way — in fairness to every parade krewe — to alter the parade schedule. The decision has been made: there will be no change in the parade schedule this weekend. All parades will roll as planned on their assigned day and route. The NOPD will work with every krewe on the day of their scheduled parade to be flexible on the start times, should inclement weather make that necessary."
This means that the superkrewe Endymion will roll in Mid-City on Saturday (not Uptown, or on a different day). Jefferson Parish is still mulling its options for parade scheduling.

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