Hours before Old Krewe moved through Bywater and the French Quarter, its members announced that they would not be hosting their after party at its original location.
The late notice came from town, according to Krewe’s Facebook page, which said at 2:25 p.m. they had been “forced to change the location” of the after-party venue due to permission issues. .
In a statement from a city hall spokesperson, it is stated that Krewe du Vieux is allowed to roll, but the ball to follow would no longer be allowed to take place at 2931, rue Royal, near the place where the parade begins and ends.
The ruling, which said the building was “unsuitable and could endanger the lives of participants and first responders,” was released on Saturday morning.
“Chief (Tim) McConnell made this decision on the basis of public safety – which must remain the top priority,” a city hall spokesman said. “Everything has been done to host this event, the NOFD working with the organizers until this morning to bring the site into compliance.”
Eleven carnival parades are planning to roll in the metropolitan area.
Instead, the after-party ball will be held at the Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., according to the brotherhood’s Facebook post. He added that tickets purchased would be honored and that bus rides from the end of the parade route to the new event location will be offered to krewe members.
In addition, there is Little Rascals in Metairie and several more in Slidell.