Ladders up, parades ready to roll

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The ladders are back up along Saint Charles Avenue, and revelers are ready for the parade to roll.

Earlier this week, The City of New Orleans removed ladders and chairs that went up too soon. Many residents were upset when the city began cutting the chains holding the ladders in place.

The city even threw away some of them.

Code states that ladders can't be in place more than 24 hours before the start of a parade.

Even though parades will roll Friday night starting at 6 p.m. some ladders could be seen set up as early as Monday.

Residents who lived along the route blamed the snowball effect, saying once one person placed their ladder early others began to follow suit.

This was because they were afraid of losing their spot to view the parades.

Still, those residents say the code hasn't been enforced in more than a decade, which is why they went ahead and placed their ladders.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the rules haven't changed, and they go through this process every year.

Other rules being strictly enforced include no fully enclosed tents along the route. Officials also stress that spray painting to save a spot on city property won't work, and is illegal.

For a list of the parades rolling this weekend, click here.