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The number of toilets — all free, all provided by the city of New Orleans — are on carnival parade routes this year 

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Photo by Bridget Coila

More than 100 port-o-lets are on St. Charles Avenue near Lee Circle, with several dozen along St. Charles at the intersections of Louisiana and Napoleon avenues, on Tchoupitoulas Street near Napoleon, and along Esplanade Avenue in Faubourg Marigny.

  But in the spirit of New Orleans' technology-bent "sharing economy," there are now even more places to pee on Mardi Gras Day. Built in 2014, AirPNP (app.airpnp.co) collects user-submitted bathrooms — from $1-per-use charity donation portable toilets to a "porcelain paradise" in the Garden District to some dude's apartment Uptown — plants them on a map and allows users to rate their experience.

  If you're trying to make a quick buck with your own portable toilet, that requires a city permit. Private portable toilets aren't allowed on neutral grounds or sidewalks, and the city could fine offenders up to $250 a day for sticking them there.

  Public urination, on the other hand — considered "lewd conduct" by city ordinance, along with exposing one's genitals in public — can lead to arrest, at least a $100 fine and 30 hours of community service.

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