Mardi Gras Wrap Up
Posted on Mar 9, 2011 in Local Issues, NOPD
The arrival of Ash Wednesday has signaled the end of this year’s carnival. It was a damp Mardi Gras season, but large crowds have led the krewes to declare 2011 a success.
A large number of raucous college students was due in part to the success of this year’s late carnival season. For the first time in recent years Mardi Gras occurred in March, which allowed students on Spring Break to make the trip into the city. Those who had worried about a low turnout were relieved to see St. Charles packed with revelers on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s torrential downpour forced Endymion to ride behind Bacchus and created one of the biggest spectacles since the super-krewe returned to its Mid-City route a few years ago. Parade goers were forced to camp out or arrive before sunrise to secure a premier spot on St. Charles’ crowded neutral ground. Gladly, the dual super-krewes put on a show that did not disappoint, and the festivities lasted well into the night; however, the season did have its share of sour notes.
While many marching groups performed without a hitch, the unauthorized Krewe of Eris was not so lucky. As we recently covered, the clash between marchers and police resulted in arrests and injury. It is always a unfortunate when legal troubles from Mardi Gras stretch onward into the rest of the year. If you or anyone you know was arrested this Mardi Gras, contact Bloom Legal at 599-9997, for a, no obligation consultation.