Mardi Gras Decoded: Breaking Down the Big Easy’s Business Boom

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PORTA-POTTY PROFIT 

Being that most businesses don’t allow non-paying parade-goers to use their restrooms, the Porta-Potty business is big business in the Big Easy. The city provides portable toilets near parade routes for public use (about 300 last year) and some individuals go so far as to rent their own Porta-Potty for convenience. Some churches and schools use this opportunity to fundraise by charging revelers to use the restroom and selling restroom passes. St. Stephen’s Church and the Academy of the Sacred Heart located in uptown New Orleans are doing just that. Other restaurants and businesses are following suit by offering all day passes or charging for individual use. Most krewes have portable toilets rolling with them throughout parades. According to the South Louisiana Business News $10,800 was spent on 71 portable toilets lining the parade routes in Terrebone Parish.

PORTA-POTTY PROFIT

Being that most businesses don’t allow non-paying parade-goers to use their restrooms, the…

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