Parade-building family announces end to court feud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Members of a family known for building many of the lavish floats that roll through New Orleans during Carnival season have announced an end to a years-long legal feud.

It dates back to 2010 when Blaine Kern Sr. was sued by son Barry over alleged lavish spending and mismanagement of the company.

There was at least one temporary truce and each side had victories and reversals in court over the years.

A Friday statement from Blaine Kern Artists Inc. said Barry Kern will continue as president and CEO of the company while Blaine Kern Sr. will — in the company’s words, “continue his role as ‘Mr. Mardi Gras’ and international ambassador for Carnival,”

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