Monday, May 19, 2014

Shit my Jackie says (bonus edition)

Even from beyond retirement, Jackie informs us that NOPD closes at 1:00 am.
The new ordinance leaves the rescheduling of rained-out parades to the mayor. There previously had been a schedule dictating when each parade would run if it had to be rescheduled because of bad weather.

“This is because we ended up with five parades one night until 1 o’clock in the morning, at which time there is no safety and no security,” Clarkson said. “We have to start getting a little more serious about this.”
"No safety and security," none at all in the morning hours... unless the police/fire property tax millage passes, of course in which case help is certainly on the way.

Anyway, besides helping Jackie Clarkson and Latoya Cantrell get to bed on time, the new ordinances  also limits the number of parades to 30. There are currently 34 but the number is expected to reduce by attrition. In order to facilitate this, it creates something called a "Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council." 
The ordinance also establishes the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council, made up of representatives from each Carnival organization that paraded the previous year, as a committee that reports directly to the mayor. The body, among other things, will consider applications from prospective Carnival krewes and make recommendations to the mayor about whether a permit should be granted.
In other words, any upstart newcomer to the parading schedule must meet the approval of the already existing community of parading clubs. Thus the trend away from 19th Century style elitism and toward a more open and democratized Carnival is, at least in some small way, reversed.  Very retro.

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