(New Orleans, LA) Mardi Gras has a long, rich history of being a celebration of hedonism. Unfortunately, one tradition has caused many headaches for police: flashing for beads.
Women bare their breasts in order to receive beaded necklaces from men.
"These ladies have been committing what are technically sex crimes," said Police Chief Prudance Jones. "But that may change now due to a bill before Congress."
The House of Representatives is expected to approve a law enforcing a 9pm curfew for children under 18 during Mardi Gras.
Senate approval is also expected once a provision is added that adults under 21 must show good reason to be out during the liquor-fueled celebration.
The President has stated he will veto the bill unless the Senate's version is adopted.
Supporters of the bill are thrilled. "If kids weren't running around, we'd be able to expose ourselves without worrying about getting arrested," said a reveler at this year's celebration.
Critics consider the legislation heavy-handed. "A curfew for adults is unconstitutional," said an ACLU spokesman. "It's a sad day in our nation when the current politicians don't seem to realize that."
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