Parades will take place on shorter routes for the 2022 carnival season
At a press conference this morning, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that the Mardi Gras parades will go ahead as planned for the 2022 carnival season and although all of the brotherhoods will remain in their traditional neighborhoods. , several routes will be shortened due to a lack of security personnel. In 2021, all parades were canceled due to a spike in coronavirus infections.
The parade changes include the following:
Endymion will remain on its original route through Mid-City on Saturday, February 26, with some modifications. As the parade approaches the Central Business District, the floats will turn right onto Canal Street at Elk Place and continue on Loyola Avenue past City Hall with a right turn onto Girod Street towards the Superdome. Consequently, the parade will not pass in front of Salle Gallier on avenue St-Charles. The city will erect a temporary observation stand to allow the traditional toast between the captain of the brotherhood and the mayor. The parade will not pass through the French Quarter adjacent to the heart of the Canal Street or Lee Circle shopping area.
Zulu will remain on its original route for Mardi Gras morning, March 1, starting at Jackson Avenue and S. Claiborne Avenue with a detour towards the end of the route that was completed in 2020 to accommodate the site of the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel.
Rex will start on avenue NapolÃ©on and rue Carondelet on Shrove Tuesday morning instead of avenue S. Claiborne and avenue NapolÃ©on.
All Uptown parades that traditionally start on the river side of Napoleon Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Magazine Street, Tchoupitoulas and Henry Clay Street will now begin at Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street. The parade most affected by this change of route is the Krewe of Toth which traditionally begins at State Street and Tchoupitoulas Avenue.
The parades that traditionally started on avenue NapolÃ©on and rue S. Saratoga will now begin on avenue NapolÃ©on and rue Carondelet.
On the West Bank in Algiers, the parades that start at Holiday Drive and Fiesta Street will now begin at Wall Boulevard and Holiday Drive.
Small neighborhood parades such as Chewbacchus on Saturday February 5 and Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion on Saturday February 12 are not affected by any changes.
All brotherhoods will operate on their standard days and all have agreed to comply with COVID-19 mandates. Cantrell noted that a few may cancel in 2022 due to financial issues, most notably the Krewe of Oshun which has not issued a statement.
âAll of these changes are being made to maximize public safety to leverage all of our public safety assets every step of the way,â Cantrell said.
Cantrell and Police Chief Shaun Ferguson stressed that the route changes are temporary and that each year the city may reassess its ability to maintain security.
If that traditional place you used to beâ¦ has changed this year, just know that we will be considering that again for 2023 and the parade years to come â, Ferguson said. “But we have to be realistic with what we have right now and work with the capacity with which we can to make sure the city is safe.”
The announcement comes at a time when the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly as the fifth wave of the pandemic. Cantrell was asked if the spike in infections was of concern related to an event that draws more than a million visitors to the city.
âIf things go wrong in our city, I’ll have to make decisions like I’ve done in the past,â Cantrell said. “However, they will not be rushed like they have not been in the past.”
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