most notably police officers, transportation and emergency personnel, again proved that New Orleans can burst at the seams with nearly 2 million revelers and still sail smoothly through the frenetic final days of Carnival, without succumbing to the crime and violence that has plagued other cities. Residents' main gripe -- delayed garbage cleanup -- is on the list for improvement next year, city officials pledge.
Wielders of the Party Blaster
a cannon-like device that sprays long metallic streamers, shot a streamer at a live power line during the Zeus parade on Fat Tuesday, knocking out electricity on a stretch of Veterans Memorial Boulevard. In their eagerness to produce dazzling parades, krewes should still clear all equipment and special effects with safety officials beforehand.
Thibodaux's Krewe of Chronus
gave Carnival revelers a look at what Mardi Gras is not all about on Fat Tuesday as drunken krewe members threw heavy boxes of beads at parade-goers and poured beer on their heads. Thibodaux police finally removed a float from the parade and detained its riders when one of them threw a dead duck into the crowd.