- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Slidell completed its first Carnival season under stricter parade regulations and Mayor Freddy Drennan said the city is still compiling its reports to determine how well the krewes adhered to the new regulations.

NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune reported (https://bit.ly/1qcFNUG) the City Council adopted a revised parade ordinance in 2013 capping the number of Carnival parades at eight, standardizes a route and imposes fees the krewes must pay - between $500 and $4,000. The ordinance, which also applies to the city’s only St. Patrick’s Day parade, stipulates parades must have at least 10 floats with at least 12 riders on each float.

Mike Noto, Slidell’s director of public operations, said each parade would be evaluated as it passed reviewing stands. Krewes not following the regulations might not be allowed to parade in 2015.

The ordinance was developed over a couple years in meetings between the city and krewe officials, and at the time it was passed was supported by the parade krewes.

Drennan said post-Carnival analysis could lead to some changes in the ordinance.

“There’s always some little glitches you find,” he said. “But there were certainly no major problems that I’m aware of.”

Drennan said the parades drew big crowds. Even Dionysus - which got a late start because of bad weather on Feb. 23 - drew “a decent crowd considering how bad the weather was,” he said.

Slidell police said there were no major incidents along the parade route.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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