Mardi Gras season safety tips
All local agencies gave lists of rules and tips for safely enjoying Mardi Gras with family and friends:
—Do not bring glass containers or unnecessary items to the parade site. Also, be sure to pick up trash before leaving the site.
—In some areas of the parish, pets are not allowed on parade routes. Animals can be stressed by parade noise and crowds.
—Streets along routes will be blocked prior to and during parades. Arrive early to avoid traffic and do not cross barriers.
—Parade-goers are prohibited from driving four-wheelers and golf carts on public streets.
—Do not enter the roadway or approach a parade float during a parade. Keep small children at your side, off the roadway. No amount of beads or candy is worth an unattended child being injured by a float. Float drivers cannot see when someone is in danger of being struck.
—Float riders should not urge friends and others to approach floats. Where one person goes, others will follow.
—Be alert. Float riders may hurl throws. Inattentiveness can lead to injury.
—Use glow sticks, bright colored shirts or other ways to identify children, making them visible during night parades.
—Do not enter the parade by foot or attempt to enter the parade in a vehicle. Unauthorized persons will be removed and possibly face arrest.
—Those persons along the parade route are urged not to throw items back towards the parade floats or towards others along the route.
—If you play music along the route, be courteous to those around you and those who may have small children. Avoid playing music which some may deem offensive or may contain profane language. Play the music at a comfortable noise level.
—Do not block a private driveway. You could be ticketed and your vehicle removed by a tow truck.
—Officers will be stationed at various locations along the route to assist the public. If you cannot locate an officer immediately during an emergency, contact 911.
—Do not drink and drive.
—Report erratic driving.