At the first-ever meeting of Orange County leaders to decide on granting a “mass gathering” permit Tuesday, April 5, the group chose to allow the function continue with the blessing of the court. As recently revealed to the Orange County court, the permit is required by statute for events “held outside the municipality,” that “attracts or is expected to attract more than 2,500 persons, or more than 500 persons if 51 percent or more of those persons may reasonably be expected to be younger than 21 years of age, and it is planned or may be reasonably expected that alcoholic beverages will be sold, served, or consumed at or around the gather;” and “at which persons will remain for more than five continuous hours, or for any amount of time during the period beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m.”
County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said very few functions meet all the above criteria, so he doesn’t anticipate having to grant too many mass gathering permits; however, several are up for approval in the coming days.
The first debate permit request handled by the county came from the organizers of the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, which will hold its 31st annual event April 15. Crawfish Festival frontman David Teague said the committee is excited about the upcoming event and guests are in for a treat when it comes to the entertainment and cuisine slated for the festival. Stay connected with The Examiner for a complete lie-up of all the acts scheduled to take the Orange County stage.