Posted: Mar 10, 2011 4:36 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State transportation officials say nearly 71,500 people took ferries to and from Canal Street during the last weekend of Carnival.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says that's about 10,000 riders - and 18 percent - above last year's total for the same four days. In 2010, just under 60,600 people rode the ferries on Mardi Gras and the three days leading up to it.
It said Wednesday that the biggest crowd was Monday, when more than 25,000 people rode across from Gretna and Algiers Point to the terminal next to the French Quarter.
That's 5,500 more than took the ferry for the Saints Super Bowl parade last year.
The next-biggest crowd was Fat Tuesday itself. More than 18,900 people rode the ferries on Mardi gras.