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I have been going to Slidell for decades for parades, friends and clients. Slidell’s krewe of Claude is the first major parade of the Carnival season. It seemed after Katrina that Slidell’s growth was speeding to some sort of record. Welcome to the future, Slidell might be big but they are obviously suffering financial problems, as they are telling the local krewes to pay half of cleanup and security for their parades.
Only six of the eight krewes have to pay. These krewes share the main parade route. Digging a little deeper, sales tax revenues started dipping in 2007 and continued until 2010, the last figures released. It turns out that city and parade officials have been working on a new Mardi Gras ordinance for fifteen months, but it hasn’t been introduced and won’t be considered until after Carnival.
Meanwhile Mandeville recently waived billing its four Carnival krewes, which comes to approximately $70,000 in parade costs.
There are other factors influencing this situation, such as the delayed opening of Slidell’s new municipal auditorium, the replacement for the trashed building caused by Hurricane Katrina. This forces the Slidell krewes to come up with a replacement site for this season’s balls. One ended up in a vacant food store, another is holding their ball after the season ends.
It seems someone needs to do an economic study of Slidell’s Mardi Gras krewes impact on the local economy to settle the big issue here, just how important the krewes are to the parish’s bottom line.
Slidell Officials and Carnival Krewes agreed to use a lone parade route for almost all 2011 Slidell Parades.
They also agreed to work toward condensing the Slidell Carnival season from six to four weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Primarily impacted by this move would be Claude and Slidellians, traditionally the first two krewes to roll each season in Slidell. Saturday and Sunday parades, and piggybacked scheduling, were among the options discussed. “The ideal situation for the city of Slidell is for you guys to get together and work it out, not for us to tell you what to do,” City Councilman Bill Borchert said.
Slidell has a new parading Krewe debuting in 2011, the all male Krewe of Titans.