BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It may be a Halloween tradition, but the Baton Rouge Police Department is warning the public that any attempt to make the Carlotta Street Party happen could add cuffs to your costume.
“We understand that this is an event that has taken place for many years, but anyone who decides to come to Carlotta Street with the intentions of having or starting an illegal street party could face criminal charges,” Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained.
NBC33 News was first to tell you that the organizers of the annual event decided not to gain the permits necessary to hold the event because of an expressed desire from residents in the neighborhood to cancel the event this year.
"It's not going to happen because A) we shouldn't have a party that big, B) we shouldn't need that many police," Jay Price, former organizer of the annual event, said.
Today, BRPD says that’s exactly why they intend to make sure things stay quiet in the neighborhood all weekend, including Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26, 27.
“To ensure public safety the Baton Rouge Police Department will have uniformed and plain clothes officers conducting foot patrols in the area,” Cpl. Stubbs explained. “They will enforce all state and local laws. Those laws include, but are not restricted to Illegal Parking, Alcohol Violations, and Loud Music.”
The annual block party has been held in the neighborhood for the past three decades. But for those living in the area, the magnitude of what the event has grown into over recent years was enough to want to shut it down.
"Having food trucks there, having beer trucks, having 50-60 police officers roaming around the street, it's just not what that party's supposed to be," Price explained. "Most of the people there have no idea, never met any of the people that live there, or really know any of the history or culture of the party."