Whereas the Krewe of House Floats formed in order to allow Mardi Gras creativity, spirit and community to thrive during a pandemic that prevents us from traditional Mardi Gras activities, and to ensure that all who participate as Krewe Members or spectators do so in the safest possible manner while maintaining standards that respect each other, our neighborhoods and the City of New Orleans, and our Mardi Gras traditions and culture, Krewe Members agree to adhere to the following guiding principles.
Krewe of House Float Members agree that this year, due to Covid-19 precautions, the “parade” will come to them at home. There will be no floats or contraptions that the Krewe will parade through the streets. The goal of the Krewe is to spread the joy of Mardi Gras over a wide geographic area and, over the course of the many days of Carnival, allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy viewing Krewe Member houses, decorations, activities and throws in a safe, masked, socially distant manner.
All Krewe Members agree to follow all local, state and federal governmental Covid-19 safety protocols as set forth by the local Departments of Health and Center for Disease Control.
The signature throw of the Krewe of House Floats 2020 is a face mask. All Krewe Members agree to wear masks when outside their home during all Krewe-related activities. Krewe Members further agree to socially distance and to use contactless throw delivery methods. Ideas for safe throw delivery include candy shoots, basket contraptions, and setting throws out on a table and waving for folks to pick something up, with hand sanitizer available.
All Krewe activities will be carried out in such a way as to avoid attracting crowds.
Krewe Members agree that should they become aware of a positive Covid-19 case in connection with Krewe activities, they will fully cooperate with local health department procedures regarding contact tracing.
Music is a vital and cherished part of the New Orleans culture and Mardi Gras but, to avoid crowds, musical and dance performances organized or performed by Krewe Members may not be advertised in any way. Krewe Members agree to abide by local and state regulations regarding live entertainment and performance events. Furthermore, Krewe Members are responsible for abiding by applicable local ordinances in their own neighborhoods regarding live or amplified music. Krewe Members are responsible for obtaining their own “live entertainment” permits from the City of New Orleans. Applicable regulations can be found on the state and local government websites.
Mardi Gras is a family friendly event and Krewe Members agree to adhere to that tradition. Krewe Members agree to respect community standards of appropriate behavior. Decorations of Krewe Member costumes or houses shall not be racist, pornographic or political. The custom of Mardi Gras is for it to be an event welcoming to all, and the Krewe of House Floats strives to uphold that intention.
Krewe Members agree not to display any endorsement of candidates for elective public office, nor any endorsement of any issues to be voted on in an election. Nothing contained in this provision prohibits the humorous caricature of current social events and issues.
Krewe Members agree that advertising and commercial endorsements or messages are not permitted. Decorations shall not include unauthorized depiction of trademarks, commercial messages, corporate or commercial signs, logos, symbols, or identifications.
Krewe Members agree that they will create and distribute throws with public safety in mind. Local ordinances prohibit certain types of items, such as noxious substances and sharp items, and Krewe Members agree they will not distribute any such prohibited items.
Krewe Members agree not to shoot off fireworks, start fires or bonfires, or decorate with the use of open flames.
Krewe Members agree to follow all local laws and ordinances regarding gatherings, noise, parking and traffic regulations.
Krewe Members agree that the use of the Krewe of House Floats logo will not be used for any commercial purposes.
Krewe Members agree to remove all House Float decorations by March 1, 2021 and to ensure that the area around their property is clean of any related debris.
Any conduct by a Krewe Member considered unbecoming to the Krewe of House Floats may be considered reason to be removed from the Krewe.