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New Orleans City Council passes new parade rules for Mardi Gras 2014

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Mardi Gras 2014 is quickly approaching and that means fans from all of Louisiana and beyond are preparing for the fun parade season. Well, there are going to be some changes they'll have to be aware of this year that are unlike seasons in the past. NOLA.com reported on Jan. 23, 2014, that some new Mardi Gras parade rules were approved, and change things drastically.

Several rules were presented before the New Orleans City Council on Thursday, and they're going to greatly affect how some parade-goers do Mardi Gras.

SEE: Full schedule of parade times, locations, dates for Mardi Gras 2014

Here are the four new rules that were passed:

1.) Ban on ladders and other personal items (coolers, chairs, bbqs, etc.) any closer than six feet to the curb of the street.

2.) Ban on private portable toilets on the neutral ground (median) and other public property.

3.) Parking on Napoleon and St. Charles Streets will be prohibited on both sides of the neutral ground (median) starting two hours before the parade. It is no longer just in place for the parade side of the streets.

4.) Ban on roping off areas with tape, tarps, chairs, or anything else, if you happen to be in the right of way of the public. This is said to include both the neutral ground (median) and sidewalks.

A number of other new rules for Mardi Gras 2014 were on the table, but only these four were passed by the city council. The changes are already bringing mixed reactions from locals, but these could really lead to a much more organized and better Mardi Gras.

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