Shorter Mardi Gras parades planned for 2018

Don Ames
December 31, 2017 - 3:05 pm

We're less than a week away from the start of Carnival Season in New Orleans. Twelfth Night is Saturday.

And, Mardi Gras parades will see some changes this year.

The city hopes to curb Mardi Gras parade delays with fewer bands and marching groups this year and a slightly shorter route.

Right now, the take on fewer bands and marching groups is only a suggestion from the city, but most krewes reportedly don’t have an issue with the idea.

The route change, however, is definite. Instead of making a left towards the lake on Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue, then a U-turn, parades will turn right off St. Charles Avenue and continue down Canal Street towards Convention Center Boulevard.

That change is so emergency vehicles can get in and out of the area faster.

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