Mayor says New Orleans 'more than prepared for Mardi Gras'

Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 15:47:00-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As New Orleans prepares for the height of the Carnival season, the city's mayor outlined security and infrastructure preparations and says the city is "more than prepared for Mardi Gras 2019."

At a news conference Tuesday, LaToya Cantrell and her administration laid out plans for this year's festivities. They highlighted a large exercise to be held Friday to prepare emergency responders, the expanded use of gutter buddies to keep beads and debris out of the drainage system, a temporary halt to construction on Bourbon Street and a plea for residents to keep their guns at home.

The city is approaching the height of Carnival season with an increasing number of parades in the coming weekends. The party ends at midnight on March 5 which is Fat Tuesday.