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Mayor: Adults Can Wear Masks at Mardi Gras

Police will not enforce decades-old ban on masks, hoods



    Mayor: Adults Can Wear Masks at Mardi Gras

    The city of Burlington, Vermont isn't going to enforce a decades-old ban on adults wearing masks during Mardis Gras festivities next weekend.

    In a statement, Mayor Miro Weinberger said that no one would be prosecuted under the Vermont city's mask ordinance during Mardi Gras festivities the weekend of March 5-6.

    The city's annual Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

    The Burlington Free Press reports the city council is rewriting the mask ordinance, which was passed in 1962. The ordinance prohibits adults over 21 from wearing masks, hoods or other clothing that obscures a person's face.

    Many believe it is unconstitutional.

    Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said the mayor's directive is consistent with how officers have handled Mardi Gras in the past.

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