Mardi Gras Safety Tips Issued by Attorney General Jeff Landry

Published 8:34 am Friday, February 25, 2022

BATON ROUGE, LA – As Louisiana prepares for Mardi Gras parades, parties, and balls – Attorney General Jeff Landry is issuing important safety tips for those participating in the celebrations.

“The Carnival season is upon us and people across Louisiana are ready to laissez les bon temps rouler,” said Attorney General Landry. “While we pass a good time with friends – listening to bands, catching beads, and eating king cakes – let us remember to be safe and use good judgment.”

Attorney General Landry especially encourages parents and guardians to remind their children of basic safety rules before these events.

“Be sure the kids know to check in before going anywhere, never go alone, and yell “no” if a stranger tries to touch or harm,” said Attorney General Landry. “Please teach children your cell phone number and how to find a law enforcement officer if they get lost or separated; and carry a current, good quality photo and descriptive information for each child.”

Attorney General Landry also offers these tips to help protect citizens this Mardi Gras:

  • Do not carry large sums of cash and be aware of possible pick-pocketers. Keep wallets on your person at all times and only bring the essentials.
  • Attend parades in groups, with family or friends. Establish a designated, post-parade meeting place in case your group gets split up.
  • Choose a well-lit area for night parade viewing.
  • Lock vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Obey traffic laws and do not park in front of driveways, fire hydrants, or anywhere you would not normally be allowed to park.
  • Do not set up your ladders too close to the curb and make sure to an adult is anchoring down the ladder at all times.
  • Never follow floats or enter restricted areas.
  • Do not throw or allow children to throw any objects in the direction of floats, bands, or parade participants.
  • Drink responsibly and do NOT drive after drinking.