New Orleans Mardi Gras parades to avoid collapsed hotel site

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The Bacchagator rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled “Starring Louisiana” on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)

Two major New Orleans Mardi Gras parades will alter their traditional routes to avoid the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel that crumpled in October, killing three workers and injuring dozens more.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the intersection beside New Orleans’ historic French Quarter where the hotel was being built has been blocked since Oct. 12, when the upper floors collapsed.

Demolition of the site isn’t set to begin until after Mardi Gras on Feb. 25.

Both the Endymion parade and the Zulu parade will navigate around the Canal Street blockage.

The city hasn’t announced route changes for any other parades.

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