Mardi Gras parade glass containers rules
For the second consecutive year, no glass containers will be allowed on Sunday’s Mardi Gras Parade route as part of an effort to keep festivities under control.
“Two years ago, we had, what should I call it … a lively group that created some problems,” Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Executive Manager Cathy Whittlesey said Friday.
Those problems included bottle throwing during and after the parade, bar fights, and spectators throwing beads from balconies and rooftops, Whittlesey said.
“Part of getting the parade under control was getting a no-glass ordinance and more security. We have hired 10 sheriff officers along with the full force of the Nevada City Police and 20 volunteer parade marshals,” Whittlesey said.
“This is the second year with all this security and no glass containers in place. We had no problems last year.”
Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato agreed with Whittlesey’s assessment.
“We haven’t had any problems since we increased the uniform presence. That seems to stabilize any negative incidents,” Trovato said.
Between 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, parade spectators can drink alcohol in downtown Nevada City as long as the drinks are in plastic cups or cans.
Also for the second year in a row, Whittlesey said, all the downtown Nevada City bar owners will provide more bouncers in their bars this Sunday and will immediately notify each other if they see someone drinking excessively.
“We’re all working together,” Whittlesey said, “to keep a fun, lively event going without having to close it down.”
KNOW AND GO
WHAT: Mardi Gras Parade
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Downtown Nevada City on Broad Street
WHAT: Mardi Gras street fair with food, drink and merchandise booths
WHEN: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: North Pine and Commercial streets in downtown Nevada City
FREE SHUTTLE: Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. between the Rood Administrative Center and downtown Nevada City.
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