Mardi Gras 2022 Parade routes to be discussed next week, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell | Mardi Gras
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Mayor LaToya Cantrell was asked to address possible changes to the Mardi Gras parade routes in 2022 – which she declined to do at that time.
“Regarding Mardi Gras,” she said, “I’ll have a press conference on this next week, and we’ll keep it there.”
Carnival fans will therefore have to hold their breath for a few more days before knowing if their favorite processions will perhaps take new routes.
In October, Cantrell said that due to overworked first responders, she was considering a plan that would force all Mardi Gras 2022 parades to follow the same path on St. Charles Avenue. Most of the 34 New Orleans parades follow roughly the same route, starting at Jefferson or Napoleon Avenues and following St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street.
This means that the majority of parades and their fans are faced with the possibility of relatively minor adjustments. The parades that would experience major disruption are those that usually take alternative hikes.
The venerable Zulu Parade traditionally passes through Central City on Jackson Avenue before heading downtown on St. Charles Ave. and continue to the Treme. The huge Endymion Parade typically travels for miles through Mid-City towards St. Charles Avenue. Thoth begins his route with a winding route through Uptown, intended to reach inpatients and others who might not otherwise be able to attend the parades. The NOMTOC parade travels through Algiers in the West Bank.
Fans and attendees alike look forward to hearing about the fate of these parades in the coming year.
The paths of the Carnival parades have been altered from time to time in the past due to unusual circumstances.
The Endymion Parade moved from Mid-City to Uptown in 2003, due to the construction of the Canal Street streetcar line which interrupted the traditional parade route.
During the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 parade routes were consolidated on St. Charles Avenue with one exception.
In 2006, the Zulu Parade stuck with the Central City leg of its traditional route that year, before heading to St. Charles Avenue. Meanwhile, the Endymion Parade left Mid-City and rolled down the Uptown Road that year and the next.
In 2020, the Zulu and Endymion parades were hijacked around the site of the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel. And in October, the Krewe of Boo! The Halloween parade was significantly shortened by removing the Canal Street section from its route, due to the shortage of municipal services.
Correction: 2006 was not the first time the Endymion Parade had left its regular Mid-City route, as originally stated.
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