Kerns settle family dispute over Mardi Gras floats business
A father and son at odds over control of one of the city's oldest Mardi Gras institutions have settled their differences out of court.
Barry Kern and his father, Blaine Kern Sr., flanked by the captains of the Bacchus and Endymion carnival krewes, announced Tuesday that Barry Kern will be reinstated as president of Blaine Kern Artists Inc.
Barry Kern resigned last month after he said his father tried to fire him without authority. The elder Kern's lawyer has said Barry Kern was fired for "serious wrongdoing," but wouldn't elaborate.
As a result of the settlement, Barry Kern says he will withdraw the petition seeking his father's ouster from the company.
Blaine Kern Artists designs and builds many of the floats used in the city's carnival parades and runs Mardi Gras World, a float warehouse and tourist attraction in New Orleans.