New Orleans Police Arrest Teen Following Shooting During Mardi Gras Festivities

Police say two men were shot in the leg during a New Orleans parade that’s part of the run-up to Mardi Gras, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested.

Revelers with the Mystic Stripers toss trinkets to the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. The pre-Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations Feb. 21. Tourism leaders estimate more than a million visitors pour into the Mobile area each Mardi Gras season to watch the festivities.

NEW ORLEANS — Police say two men were shot in the leg during a New Orleans parade that’s part of the run-up to Mardi Gras, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested.

The victims’ wounds were not considered serious. Meanwhile, the teen-ager was booked on a charge of carrying an illegal firearm. Investigators say he ditched a gun into a trash can as officers chased him, but they recovered it.

Police say more than one person may have been involved in Thursday night’s shooting, and they are continuing to investigate.

The Krewe of Chaos floats were stopped to let ambulances through. After that, the parade resumed. It was one of three on Thursday night.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. The advance celebrations are known as Carnival.