Thursday, February 16, 2012

NOPD and krewe captains: Please don't be a jerk on the parade routes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Remi Braden of the NOPD's public information office dropped us a note this afternoon:

The Superintendent [Ronal Serpas] and NOPD’s special events team just met with the heads of some parade crews that have yet to roll. It was to discuss possible bad weather and courses they should take should the forecast force them to change up their schedules. Anyway, some of the crews said they’d really appreciate it if we could tell the public - again- that it is illegal to throw things at float-riders. Some people have actually suffered minor injuries because people in the crowds have hurled things their way. If you all could remind people that this is against the law, they’d appreciate it.

Whipping stuff at riders is about the rudest thing you can do during Mardi Gras — and it's actually illegal. So: don't.

Under the cut: Some city and state ordinances the NOPD thinks you need to know for Carnival season — including firearms laws, ladder protocol, and everyone's favorite:

Section 34-32 of the Municipal Code: Roping off Areas:

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.1.1

Illegal Carrying of a Firearm at a parade with any firearm used in a commission of a crime of violence. This is punishable by a mandatory 1 to 5 year prison sentence.

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.2.2

Reckless Discharge of a Firearm at a parade or demonstration. This is punishable with a 5 to 10 year sentence; a mandatory 3 year prison sentence if convicted.

Section 34-32 of the Municipal Code: Roping off Areas:

It shall be unlawful for any individual, organization or corporation to fence, rope off, or stake out any area of public property along a parade route except when necessary to protect plants, shrubbery, trees and other landscaping materials with the approval of the department of Parkways and Parks. Each private property owner shall notify the Parkway and Park Commission at least 30 days prior to the date of a parade in writing and shall submit a detailed drawing of the planned protective enclosure device. If the private property owner is not notified in writing by the Parkway and Park Commission within 10 days of the parade date, it shall be assumed that the proposed protective enclosure device is approved.

Section 34-33 of the Municipal Code: Ladders:

All ladders used by parade spectators shall be structurally sound. No ladder, chairs, ice chests, chaise lounges and other similar personal effects shall be placed in intersections or between curbs of public streets during a parade. Ladders shall be placed as many feet back from the street curb as the ladder is high. Additionally, the practice of fastening two or more ladders together shall be prohibited.

Section 34-29 Throw Backs

It is unlawful for a person to throw any objects at a float or any participant in a parade. If someone is caught doing this, he/she will receive a summons to appear in court.

We hope you and your families have a safe and fun Mardi Gras. If you need any assistance or see any criminal activity along a parade route, please approach our officers. They’ll be easy to spot, as they’ll be wearing fluorescent yellow vests. OUR OFFICERS ARE HERE TO HELP!

Thank you! And Happy Mardi Gras from the Public Information Office!

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