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N.O. City Council Adopts New Rules For Mardi Gras Paradegoers

N.O. City Council Adopts New Rules For Mardi Gras Paradegoers

Mardi Gras parade-goers will still be able to use ladders as they reach out to catch beads and other trinkets tossed from floats — but those ladders will have to be six feet from the curb.

That's one of the new restrictions the New Orleans City Council approved Thursday in hopes of making Carnival season a little safer.

Other restrictions in an ordinance given final approval prohibit barbecue grills and tents in places where they could block public rights of way. And there is a ban on privately owned portable toilets from public grounds.

Chaining ladders together will be forbidden. And the use of tiny explosive noisemakers, marketed under different names but often called "Snap'n'Pops," is outlawed — in part because they startle horses ridden by mounted police officers.

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