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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.
Meeting with Slidell krewe captains on Tuesday, the city’s events committee proposed that krewes pay the city 25 percent of their parade costs in 2011, with their contribution increasing to 50 percent the second year and to 75 percent in three years.
“Everyone calls Mardi Gras the largest free party in the world but it’s not free,” Slidell City Councilman Bill Borchert said.
After krewe captains noted that many of their members have already paid dues for next year, the committee agreed not to have any new fees go into effect until the 2012 Carnival season.
“We’re getting to the point where we can’t afford it anymore,” Slidell Councilman Landon Cusimano said. “It’s this or nothing at all.”
Councilman Ray Canada, accused of attack on Slidell Carnival krewe members, decries rumors as smear by opponent's campaign.1
Councilman Ray Canada, accused of attack on Slidell Carnival krewe members, decries rumors as smear by opponent’s campaign. This election gets murkier and dirtier as election day approaches. Carnival is being dragged down into the trenches. A nola.com story click here