- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Officials in Houma say it’s about time for a lingering reminder of Carnival season to disappear.

Viewing stands along parade routes in Houma are still standing in some areas. Friday is the deadline for taking them down. However, The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1cKxqfS ) parish officials say they will work with owners who have trouble meeting that deadline.

Parish Planning Director Pat Gordon says officials will work individually with viewing stand owners and are taking into account the recent wet weather.

Leaving the stands up too long eventually can result in a $500 fine or even jail time - although Gordon says it rarely comes to that.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com