Carnival krewe scraps plans for 2013 parade

A fledgling Carnival krewe said it has scrapped plans to parade in 2013 because the New Orleans Police Department hasn’t formally responded to its permit application.

Leaders of the Krewe of Freret reported that they still plan to hold a black-tie masquerade ball in January and will seek to obtain a parade permit for 2014.

Seven Loyola University graduates established the krewe in 2011 to revive a parade that was part of the city’s Carnival celebration until 1995.

Krewe leaders said they submitted a permit application four months ago and 100 members had signed up to parade down Freret Street without a set date.

A statement from the krewe said it had received “almost unanimous support” for parading in 2013 from the Mardi Gras Coordinating Committee. However, krewe captain Greg Rhoades said the Police Department never formally replied to its application even though the krewe had submitted a $750 check along with the form.

The krewe wasn’t on the 2013 parade calendar that the City Council approved in September. Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson said it could have been added if the coordinating committee and Police Department agreed.

A police spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.