NEW ORLEANS -- A
civil court judge here denied a temporary injunction that could
have prevented one of the largest and most popular Mardi Gras
krewes from parading next month.
Judge Yada McGee
said she will leave the case open for now and ordered the Zulu
Social Aid and Pleasure Club to restore membership to lawyer David
Belfield, who was suspended after he filed the suit to try to stop
the group from parading this year.
Zulu will roll,
big-time, said the clubs attorney, Ammon Miller, as members
gathered outside the courtroom after the hearing. Without Zulu,
there is no Mardi Gras.
The Zulu parade
takes place on the morning of Feb. 28, which is Mardi Gras Day, the
culmination of eight days of parades, masked balls and
that it is unlikely that the clubs participation will be stopped,
but he believes that Mardi Gras festivities are inappropriate in
light of the citys continuing struggles to repair the devastation
from Hurricane Katrina.
former king of Zulu who is now living in Atlanta because his home
was heavily damaged by flooding, said, The name of the club is the
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and the leadership is focusing
on pleasure, while I would like to see it focus more on the social
argued in court that the vote taken by members of the largely
African-American krewe to participate was illegal, because the club
did not adequately notify members of a meeting on the
The Zulu krewe
has about 600 members, but only 178 attended a meeting in December,
when the parade vote was taken.
If a majority of
the membership votes to go ahead, I can live with that. But they
have not heard the arguments, he said.
Belfield, a New
Orleans lawyer and a club member for 29 years, said he wants to
make that presentation personally.
from the bench, said she would allow Belfield to proceed with
discovery to determine if the club made adequate efforts, given
postal breakdowns, to notify its far-flung membership of the vote
in December, but she said there was not enough cause to issue an
president of the Zulu organization, and Miller said they will
cooperate with Belfields efforts but consider any change unlikely
reporter Dan Luzadder, send e-mail to [email protected].