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St. Martinville club files suit over parade

10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago January 23, 2016 Jan 23, 2016 Saturday, January 23 2016 January 23, 2016 12:58 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. - A club that runs an annual Mardi Gras parade in St. Martinville says in a federal lawsuit that its rights are being violated after the city required it to have more security and barricades to make the parade safer.

The Newcomers Club filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court in Lafayette against the City of St. Martinville, the City Council, the mayor and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff.

The suit contends its Mardi Gras parade is a 54-year-old tradition and the club has a right to assemble and celebrate its heritage.

Mayor Thomas Nelson said he was unable to comment on pending litigation.

The city told the club to hire additional security and purchase barricades to make the event safer or not be allowed to parade.

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