The Largest Super Krewe is going to be rolling through the New Orleans area this Saturday, February 25, 2017. This parade has 81 High-Tech LED Floats, 3200 riders, lots of great bands, and more throws than you can carry. This year’s theme is “The Constellations” and the floats have been designed with the celestial bodies in mind.  If you haven’t guessed yet, it is the Krewe of Endymion.

All Hail Endymion!!

But, Endymion is not just about the parade, it is also about Samedi Gras. This is an all day party that kicks off at noon and features local cover bands including the Topcats, Groovy 7, and the Bucktown Allstars. Locals flock to the parade route to stake out their coveted spots. Which brings us to the topic that is extremely controversial…..

Do you believe in saving spots?

The locals who believe in the New Orleans Tradition of saving their spots can already be seen on the Mid-City neutral ground. Some people rope off their spots two weeks or more in advance of the parade others designate their area with paint. You may even see them in tents protecting their area 24 hours a day leading up to the parade. Families and friends will get together, hang out, and even cook on the BBQ pit that has joined them inside of their spot. Some people even get a personal Portable Bathroom to make their stay more enjoyable. It is a timeless Mardi Gras Tradition that has been going on for years, and these space-saving locals love it.

But, is it legal?

In short, NO, it is not legal. (Click here to view the actual ordinance). According to Section 34-33, it is prohibited to use ropes or other items to create a barricade that obstructs passage along a public property.

If you don’t own the property, you can’t claim it.

Many locals do not believe in claiming or saving spots. In general, their motto is… if there is not a person standing in an open spot, then it is an available spot. These parade goers believe that Mardi Gras is suppose to be a fun community event, not a territorial land battle to be fought over. They also want to come and socialize with friends and family, hang out, and listen to the bands play before the parade rolls. These locals do not accept the space saver techniques and do not agree with rope walls, chair barricades or even painted spots.

As a New Orleanian, what side are you on?

In the end, we will all enjoy the fabulous Endymion Parade and Samedi Gras…. and from….

Laissez les bons temps rouler and Happy Mardi Gras!