are you expecting people to admit it if they had?
it's a pretty **** thing to do, and kind of contra to the whole mardi gras vibe - but i can't imagine that the police can/will really do anything about it
They should make a law against it.
One of the best things about Mardi Gras, IMO, has always been the ability to just walk up and enjoy the festivities. That's tough to do in New Orleans, especially at the Super Krewe parades because of all the spots that are claimed.
I live in Slidell, and we probably have about 7-10 parades that roll each year. The "big" one is the Selene, which rolls tonight. There are campers, cars, and other vehicles, chairs, etc - that have been strategically placed in claimed spots for this parade. In Slidell. Where the crowds are 4 deep at best. Lmao.
I think it's ridiculous and takes away from the fun and freedom to just walk up and enjoy yourself. Now, it's not likely that you're always going to be standing right up front if you're very late getting there, but still, the roping off and battling for public space that you make personal on a temporary basis is crazy.
There basically are laws against it based on all of the rules that the ladders are supposed to follow and rules against putting "furniture" on the neutral ground, but they are essentially impossible to enforce. NOPD simply does not have the manpower to enforce those rules.
FWIW, I have no issue with people setting up on the side of the neutral ground away from the parade or even putting up kid's ladder that are 8 foot back and 8 to 10 feet apart, but the walls of ladders and cooking equipment is dangerous and really stops anyone who doesn't either live up the street or camp out for two days from enjoying the parade season. It was not like this when I was a kid. What should work is to have those ladder apart enough and have the camps far enough back that people can actually get in front and between them to see the parade. Of course, people are selfish and suck so that's never going to happen.