In a continuing effort to make Mardi Gras parades safer, the City Council has adopted new regulations that focus on electrical equipment, permitting, safety harnesses and other requirements that Carnival krewes must meet.
The latest amendments follow about a half-dozen rules changes that took effect with the 2014 Carnival celebration and another set approved in May that will go into place next year.
This latest round establishes rules for the type of electrical wiring and equipment that can be used on floats.
It also sets guidelines for the use of flambeaux, or lighted torches, during parades and sets a minimum age for truck float riders.
The first set of amendments mostly impacted spectators. It included provisions banning spectators from roping off any portion of a neutral ground, street or sidewalk along a parade route; placing ladders, tents or grills within 6 feet of a curb during a parade; and positioning a portable toilet on public property along a parade route without written permission from the city.