Mardi Gras must be drastically changed before more violence, near riots and drunken drivers run off the few good tourists we have during Mardi Gras. Despite the phony talk, the entry fees have proved to keep families out and attract undesirable gang members.
If you visited The Strand, you saw that all the people are young thug-types who either are high or drunk. Is that what we want to keep doing?
Nobody with any sense will dare to go out to The Strand at night. The policemen should ask the city manager and council to put an end to the foolish Mardi Gras contract that allows the promoter to control our town and scar our city with countless newscasts about crimes each year.
The Mardi Gras contract requires the city to make bad investments, unsafe choices and places policemen in danger unnecessarily. Scaling Mardi Gras back for a couple of years without a promoter is the safe, smart and right thing to do.