Smokin’ Gras

After Ash Wednesday comes the City’s official Mardi Gras report. On Thursday (2.11), Mayor Mitch lauded the 2016 Mardi Gras as a "huge success" and released a slew of stats.


“There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into the joy that people see in the streets during Carnival. Mardi Gras is a team effort, but I want to especially thank the employees of the City of New Orleans who kept our parade routes safe and clean,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We began the 2016 Carnival season expecting challenges with traffic and construction, but we had good plans in place and the public was cooperative and patient. The success of Mardi Gras also largely depends on the City returning the streets to normalcy and cleanliness as soon as possible, so I thank the people of New Orleans for their cooperation.”


Now for the details!



The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) coordinated a massive law enforcement net during the official Carnival season (Jan. 29th to Feb. 9th). 100 percent of the force worked shifts totaling 53,894 manpower hours, and increase from 50,334 manpower hours in 2015. In addition, 170 Louisiana State Police Troopers supplemented the force. 


The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tulane University Police, Louisiana Department of Corrections, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office, FBI New Orleans, State Fire Marshal, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office also contributed personnel to the cause.


NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said, "Our officers put in long hours over the past 12 days and did an outstanding job of ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors along the parade route and across the city. With the help of our local, state and federal partners, we executed a strong security plan that led to a safe and successful Carnival season. I want to thank the people of New Orleans and the tens of thousands of visitors that participated for their cooperation during this joyous time for our city.”



The New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) reported responding to 65 fire and 679 medical calls for service during the season. Plus, the New Orleans EMS logged over 2250 emergency service calls, (or a call every 6 minutes).


The NOFD also boasted that they provided safety inspections at 33 parades, which included: 819 traditional floats, 175 truck floats and 312 parade flambeauxes, as well as 113 mobile food vendors for compliance. 



And then there was that massive mess after the party. The Department of Sanitation said that over 100 pieces of equipment and more than 600 City workers, temporary workers, and contractors were used in the big cleanup.


The City also touted the creation of 150 jobs for ex-offenders and the chronically hard to employ during the tidying-up. Ava Rogers, the City’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations, said, “The City’s Sanitation Department and its partners, did an outstanding job coordinating one of the best and quickest cleanup operations yet. We are particularly proud of our partnership with JOB1 and NOLA for Life service providers.”


Port-A-Potties & Reviewing Stands

650 portable toilets were positioned along the parade routes according to the City. They are slated to be removed on Saturday (2.13).


180 permits for reviewing stands, concessions and parking were issued during Carnival.The official City stands will be completely gone by Friday, Feb. 22, 2016.



In 2016, the City issued 37,077 citations, booted 301 vehicles and towed 541 vehicles on parade days according to the official report. In 2015, the City issued 22,475 citations, booted 553 vehicles and towed 799 vehicles on parade days. For lagniappe, note that 2,500 temporary “No Parking” signs were installed.



Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) reported a seven-year high number of passengers. 18,000-plus passengers were scheduled to depart the city Ash Wednesday (2.10) boasted MSY.

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