Over 150 people gathered at the Informational Meeting called by the New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Police Department and city officials. The crowd expressed its overwhelming support for the event. The video's below present the fire department's initial statements, and Shelly Midura's endorsement of the NOFD's initial position
None of the initial remarks pointed to a positive outcome, as there is no organization ready to apply for a permit and take on the liability costs on the 10 days notice the city has given us.
City Council Vice-President Arnie Fielkow made some very conciliatory remarks that led the a proposal that a small group of Mid-City residents meet in Midura's office with representatives of the NOFD, NOPD and Parks and Parkways department to discuss alternatives.
As the video's show, the NOFD's official position is that those alternative will not include a bonfire on Orleans Avenue, a position that is unacceptable to the community, it is not clear what tomorrow's discussion will produce.
(Bad) Video of NOFD Opening Remarks Part 1 and Part 2.
One eloquent resident defends the tradition.
Shelly Midura's opening remarks, and Arnie Fielkow's remarks late in the meeting.