It makes Mardi Gras 2022 more certain: New Orleans announces vendor permit lottery | Mardi Gras


In any other year, the city’s announcement on Wednesday would herald nothing more than the start of an obscure bureaucratic process.

Vendors wishing to sell funnel cakes, fun hats, cotton candy and the like from trucks or trailers during the carnival period must apply for a permit between Jan. 10 and Jan. 21, the statement said. Representatives of the Bureau of Revenue will then select the lucky candidates by lot. That’s all we can say about it.

But for parade enthusiasts, the city’s appeal for vendors was more moving proof that carnival will take place as usual in 2022.

Mayor Cantrell was forced to cancel the city’s signing celebration in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a big disappointment, but hardly a big surprise, since Mardi Gras 2020 was considered a super spreader of the new contagion of the time.

Since last year, New Orleans has waged a largely successful campaign to suppress the virus and in November, city spokesman Beau Tidwell said Mardi Gras 2022 was almost certain.

During a routine town hall press briefing on Tuesday, the city’s communications director Beau Tidwell spoke the words Carnival lo…

“Unless there is a completely catastrophic change in the numbers, Mardi Gras is happening,” he said.

Despite the city’s avowed optimism, management’s mild concern has kept citizens from holding their breath, so any news that involves normalcy is welcome – even the announcement of a vendor truck permit lottery.

According to the city, these flashy decorated mobile stores are licensed to sell “sandwiches, ready meals, drinks, candies, nuts, confectionery and novelties.” Regulations prohibit them from offering alcohol, T-shirts, recorded music or videos, or any “items that are not defined as new.”

Vending trucks and trailers are only allowed to operate for two hours before and after parades, during the eleven days before Mardi Gras, which is March 1, 2022. They cannot operate until 6 p.m. in the CBD and they are not allowed to park. in the French Quarter or near restaurants or schools.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of Mardi Gras 2021, but in November, a city hall spokesman said that next year, “except …

The permit and fees cost $ 1,655.25, which includes a tax revenue deposit of $ 1,000. Registration documents can be delivered in person or by mail to the Office of Revenue at Town Hall.

The lottery will take place on February 3, 2022 in the hall of the Civil District Court.

For full instructions on the application, potential suppliers can visit the city’s website at www.nola.gov or get a Mardi Gras booklet from the tax service.

Vendors of novelty strollers accompanying parades must apply for a separate permit.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell is considering a requirement that all carnival parades follow a single St. Charles Avenue route in 2022, due to …

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