[caption id="attachment_1724" align="alignright" width="199"] Photo Courtesy of NOLA.com[/caption] NOLA.com reported yesterday that the New Orleans Police Department shut down an annual Mardi Gras costume sale at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street on Sunday afternoon due to the fact that the bar is not licensed to sell clothing. The event, which was formerly held at the now-defunct Cafe Brasil, features the work of local designers and consists primarily masks, hats, and other sequined and festive clothing items. According to reports, Blue Nile owner, Jesse Paige has been issued a summons and will be required to appear in court to dispute the charges. For the full story, visit NOLA.com This report emerges among statements by the NOPD indicating that the department will be stepping up police activity during the approaching Mardi Gras parade season. If you or someone you know are arrested for any reason during Mardi Gras, Bloom Legal is here to help 24/7 at bloomlegal.com or 504-599-9997. While the courts don't reopen until after Ash Wednesday, it is important to get the ball rolling as early as possible to start fighting your charges at the first opportunity to do so.