At her April 30 "State of the District" address in New Orleans City Council chambers, District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell mentioned that one of her goals in the second half of this year was to "introduce a comprehensive parade enforcement ordinance" that would be in place before Mardi Gras 2014, though she offered no specifics.
Asked about it after the meeting, Cantrell told Gambit she intended to have a working draft of the ordinance by August, and hoped to have it adopted "by September at the latest" so public meetings about enforcement could begin by October.
The "state of the district" address seemed to be a new event for a New Orleans councilmember and drew a crowd of more than 200 to City Hall. Councilmembers Stacy Head and Jackie Clarkson attended, as did Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. — KEVIN ALLMAN